Hun Sen blusters and blunders through virus crisis

Cambodian leader is widely speculated to have the coronavirus but bigger worries surround nation's poor public health services.

Has Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen contracted the coronavirus? In a de-facto one-party state where almost all media is run by ruling party-aligned outlets, rumors spread as easily as contagions.

On March 9, Hun Sen fuelled that speculation when he said he would get tested after complaining of a “stuffy nose” after travelling to China and shaking hands with several cruise boat passengers who may have been infected.

A week on, the tough-talking leader still hasn’t publicly announced whether he took the test and if so its result, though he has lashed out at rumors that he secretly visited Singapore for treatment.

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