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There has been 105 new positive case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Cambodia. The tally is at 2,477. 16 deaths. Total recovered at 1,240
The Phnom Penh City Hall yesterday ordered an 8pm to 5am curfew across the capital for two weeks with immediate effect.
The City Hall said the two-week curfew from April 1 to 14 was to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community in accordance with the new sub decree on the new law on Measures to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 and Other Deadly Infectious Diseases which was signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday.
Phnom Penh Governor Khuong Sreng yesterday told Khmer Times that he had issued strict orders to the armed forces, police and relevant authorities to immediately confiscate any vehicles of transportation of those who violated the curfew.
He said the owners will be sent to quarantine for 14 days in their respective homes.
Sreng added that while they are being quarantined, the local authorities must monitor them properly and in case of non-compliance with the instructions, they shall be fined in accordance with the law.
“I would like to order the 14 district authorities, police and Phnom Penh Municipal Military Police that in case people do not follow the curfew, the authorities must confiscate their vehicles if they ride a motorbike or drive a car. They must be sent to quarantine at home,” he said. “In case they don’t comply with quarantine rules, I will order they be fined immediately.”
Sreng said that public transport, including tuk tuks, ride-sharing vehicles and taxi motorcycles are also banned from travel during the curfew hours.
He said the curfew also applies to media personnel who are required to travel at night.
Sreng said that in cases the press want to move freely without action from the authorities, they should apply for an approval card from the Phnom Penh Municipal City Hall.
Lay Srey Met, a resident of Prek Ta Kong village, Chak Angre Leu commune, Meanchey district, said the restriction on traffic movement could have some impact on her business, because she had to sell fruit drink and fried rice at night.
“I’m really upset if my business is closed because my daily income depends on selling dinner at night, and if it is suspended for two weeks like this, how can I support my family,” Srey Met said.
Sam Seiha, a resident of Meanchey district’s Seung Meanchey commune, said he supported the implementation of the curfew because day by day, the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the city is increasing and the number of deaths are continuing to rise too.
“I fully support the actions of the Phnom Penh authorities, because if the authorities do not implement such a curfew, the people will still continue to violate the law and they will spread the coronavirus to others,” Seiha said.
Article 1 of the sub-decree states: “Provisional administrative measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Phnom Penh for two weeks from the 1st to the 14th.”
Article 2 states that business activities including food stalls, restaurants, cafes, bars are closed from 8pm to 5am while restaurants inside hotels are also not allowed to receive customers for eating, or drink except takeaways.
In addition, Article 3 prohibits people from gathering except for emergencies involving family members, holding funerals in accordance with the regulations of the competent authorities, and for going to hospitals or to take COVID-19 tests and vaccinations.
Meanwhile, Kou Chamroeun, Governor of Preah Sihanouk province, yesterday decided to lockdown villages in the Tomnop Roloak area. The villages are Group 6 to Group 11, Group 16 to Group 24 and Group 32.
The lockdown was imposed after tests showed many positive COVID-19 cases in the area.
Meanwhile ,the Health Ministry yesterday reported 32 new cases to the February 20 Community Event, bringing the total number to 1,954 cases.
The Ministry said the new patients are 31 Cambodians, three Chinese, and one Korean aged from eight months to 63 years old.
It said there were also two imported cases, an Indonesian woman, 19, living in Banteay Meanchey province who flew from Singapore and arrived in Cambodia on March 30.
The second case is an Indonesian man, 39, living Tonle Bassac commune, Chamkar Morn district, who flew from Indonesian via Singapore and arrived in Cambodia on March 18.
The Ministry said Phnom Penh recorded the highest number of daily cases with 30, followed by Kandal province (three) and Preah Sihanouk province (two).
The Ministry also announced 49 new recoveries. They include 38 Cambodians, 10 Chinese, and one Malaysian aged between one and 72 years in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Preah Sihanouk, Kandal, and Battambang. They were discharged after testing negative twice for the virus.
The total number of recovered cases in the Kingdom now stands at 1,240 while 15 deaths have been recorded.
Tith Kongnov / Khmer Times