Capital under 2 weeks of virus lockdown

Jakarta, Indonesia

A two-week COVID-19 lockdown began Thursday in the Cambodian capital and a nearby town.

The capital Phnom Penh has seen an increase in infections in recent days and accounted for most of the 344 new cases reported in Cambodia on Thursday.

Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Wednesday evening announced the decision to impose a 14-day lockdown on Phnom Penh and Ta Khmau, a city about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) south of the capital.

The lockdown will last at least until April 28, according to the prime minister.

People will be prohibited from leaving their homes unnecessarily, while those traveling for work or business will need to have a letter of attestation from their employers or local authorities.

“People can still go out to buy food or other essentials, but only two people in a household will be allowed to go out and no more than three times a week,” the prime minister said.

He added that people are allowed to leave their homes for health reasons or emergencies, but must adhere to safety measures, including wearing a mask and keeping a distance.

“The lockdown is aimed at ensuring the effectiveness of controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Phnom Penh and Ta Khmau, as well as preventing the spread of the disease to other regions,” Hun Sen added.

Cambodia’s global COVID-19 tally now stands at 5,218 and, as of Tuesday, around 1.17 million of the country’s 16 million people had been vaccinated against the virus, according to the health ministry.

* Written by Maria Elisa Hospita

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