Sugarcane juice vendor Dara sees an increase in customers compared to previous weeks. KT/Va Sonyka
People resume normal lives as Covid fears fade
As the Kingdom continues registering no new global coronavirus infection and no death, people are becoming increasingly brave and many have decided to return to their normal lives.
The Kingdom has to date, 122 cases with 119 recoveries and three others undergoing treatment.
Some restaurants are welcoming customers, more cars are plying the streets, and blue collar workers are slowly going back to their jobs.
But is COVID-19 really gone? A check on the streets revealed how people feel about the slowdown of cases diagnosed in the Kingdom.
Dara, a sugarcane juice vendor at the Phsar Silep in the capital’s Daun Penh district, said most of her customers are office workers in the area.
“I stopped selling a few weeks ago and went back to my home province because there were very few people on the streets,” she said. “But now after returning, I see many people walking about and I have resumed by business again.”
During a recent interview on national TV, Or Vandine, Health Ministry spokeswoman, said the recovery rate increased to over 90 percent and the government’s response to the virus pandemic is going in the right direction.
She said despite an apparent flattened curve in infections, the government is very concerned about a potential second wave of COVID-19.
Ms Vandine noted the World Health Organization has warned Cambodia is only experiencing a first stage of the coronavirus pandemic.
During the height of the pandemic in the Kingdom, face masks sellers had a thriving business for a couple of months due to overwhelming demand. During that period, masks were out of stock.
However, nowadays online seller Rachana (name modified) admits sales of masks have slowed down considerable as the fear of the virus subsides.
“Previously, my stock sold out in a few hours, but now fewer people are buying masks, so I have decided to lower the price to clear the remaining stock,” she said.
Ms Rachana added she does not plan to buy more masks from her supplier.
Earlier this week, Dr Li Ailan, WHO Representative to Cambodia, said in a press conference at the Health Ministry, the organisation is currently coordinating with countries for a proper vaccination against the virus. She cautioned it would take a few months or even a year to develop a proper vaccination.
Parinha Or, a developer at an IT firm, has worked from home for over a month.
He said the company has said they will resume business and employees will be able to work from the office from Monday onwards but has advised staff to strictly follow virus prevention guidelines from the Health Ministry.
The ministry is still very concerned about how rapidly the virus is able to spread.
It cautions the situation in Cambodia is not stable yet. People are still advised to practice social distancing, practice good hygiene and avoid large gatherings in order to prevent a virus spread.