Cambodia orders strict 2-week lockdown of Phnom Penh

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia’s chief ordered a strict stay-at-home two-week lockdown within the capital Phnom Penh beginning Thursday to gradual a surge in coronavirus circumstances, warning “we will die unless we act responsibly.”

With the vaccination marketing campaign nonetheless at an early stage, the Health Ministry reported 178 information circumstances on Wednesday, together with 145 plus two deaths in Phnom Penh. Cambodia has to this point confirmed 4,874 circumstances and 35 deaths.

The newest outbreak has been traced to a overseas resident who broke the lodge quarantine and went to a nightclub in early February. The authorities on Feb. 20 introduced a two-week closure of public colleges, cinemas, bars and leisure venues within the capital. As circumstances rose, the closures had been prolonged all through the nation for colleges, gyms, live performance halls, museums and different gathering locations.

The new measure extends an eight p.m. to five a.m. curfew in Phnom Penh and bars residents from venturing out except for meals and different requirements at places licensed by the federal government.

“We are facing an impending disaster and we will die unless we act responsibly and be united,” Prime Minister Hun Sen stated in an audio deal with.

Hun Sen additionally additionally ordered a two-week lockdown in Takhmao, a city in Kandal province that borders the capital and is taken into account the middle of the outbreak.

A defunct lodge within the capital has been transformed right into a 500-room coronavirus hospital, and authorities are implementing a brand new regulation imposing penalties for violating well being rules.

Last week, Cambodia shut its hottest vacationer vacation spot, the centuries-old Angkor temple complicated, for 2 weeks.

Authorities additionally broadened the vaccination marketing campaign, concentrating on 1 million doses a month starting in April. Through the top of March, about 400,000 folks — about one-third of them members of the armed forces — had acquired their photographs.

By the top of March, Cambodia had acquired greater than 3.1 million doses of vaccines from China and thru the World Health Organization’s COVAX initiative. Cambodia has a inhabitants of about 17 million.

Hun Sen stated that vaccinations are voluntary, however civil servants and members of the navy could be susceptible to being dismissed in the event that they fail to be inoculated.

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