Cambodians asked to volunteer for rapid test before returning to work after Pchum Ben holiday

A health worker sets up a COVID-19 rapid test at a high school in Phnom Penh. Picture taken September 10, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The Labor Ministry changed its instructions regarding COVID-19 testing for workers returning from the Pchum Ben holidays next week, saying they would be asked — but not required — to receive rapid tests before returning to work.

Health ministry calls on private sector to carry out frequent rapid tests

Health officials use rapid test kits to test residents in Phnom Penh, for COVID-19, August 11, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpan

Cambodia’s Health Ministry has instructed all state institutions, private companies, factories and other organizations to frequently carry out rapid tests for all staff and employees as the country continues to record hundreds of new cases every day. The announcement did not provide a specific definition of what constitutes an organization.

Phnom Penh City Hall sets sweeping new factory regulations to combat COVID-19 outbreaks among workers

Garment workers eat breakfast separated by plastic partitions at a factory at Kakap II commune Pur Senchey district in Phnom Penh, June 14, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Phnom Penh City Hall on Tuesday released three plans aimed at combating the spread of COVID-19 among factory workers. The trio of ambitious, though non-binding, plans set new regulations and requirements for factories in the coming years, including providing accommodation and transportation for workers — two areas that have contributed to high rates of infections.

New rules for garment factories as Phnom Penh reopens, amid rising COVID-19 cases

Barricades block a street in a red zone in Stung Meanchey I commune, April 29. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

With Phnom Penh’s citywide lockdown set to end today, the Ministry of Labor announced new COVID-19 regulations for factories — including that they must split their workforce into two groups, to trade off every two weeks.