Slowing vaccinations amid lockdown may hamper Cambodia’s outsized inoculation success story

A woman receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Phnom Penh, April 1, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Even as Cambodia struggles to contain a worsening outbreak of COVID-19, it has far surpassed its neighbors in vaccinations, with nearly 1.3 million people having received at least one dose, according to figures released Wednesday by the Health Ministry and Ministry of Defense. But with first dose vaccinations suspended during the lockdown of Phnom Penh and neighboring Takhmao City, Kandal, that progress is likely to slow.

About 10,000 Chinese nationals living in Cambodia have received at least one dose of Sinopharm

Chinese nationals line up to receive the first dose of vaccine at Preah Ket Mealea Hospital in Phnom Penh, April 10, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Some 10,000 Chinese nationals have received at least the first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine in Cambodia, the Chinese Embassy announced Wednesday, and government data shows nearly 1.3 million Cambodians have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Gov’t food distribution begins but with food stores closed, ‘red zone’ residents worry about feeding their families

Militarily trucks transport food to a Stung Meanchey red zone, April 20, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Two weeks ago, garment workers at Din Han Enterprise factory went into quarantine after hundreds of workers tested positive for COVID-19. Long Sarem, 42, sealed herself and her son into her small rental room in Meanchey district’s Stung Meanchey 3 commune, surviving on inexpensive food from a nearby vendor.

Cambodia’s highest two-day COVID-19 infection count hits market, factory workers

Vendors from Doeumkor market wait to be tested for COVID-19 in Phnom Penh, April 17, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Authorities are tightening restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 after Cambodian health officials announced more than 1,200 newly confirmed cases of viral infection between Sunday and Monday.

Phnom Penh goes into citywide lockdown as health officials chart 2,000 new COVID-19 cases within a week

Authorities lock down the main road from Takhmao in Kandal province to nearby Phnom Penh after Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on Wednesday night a two-week lockdown of the metro area, April 15, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Early Thursday morning, Phnom Penh and Takhmao city residents began their first day under a two-week lockdown intended to stop the spread of COVID-19.