Gov’t locks down border provinces, and announces new nationwide restrictions, amid fears of spreading Delta variant
The Cambodian government announced it is locking down eight provinces along the Thai border in order to curb the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and installing nationwide restrictions on restaurants, cinemas, museums, and entertainment venues, as well as travel curfews, amid a surge in neighboring Thailand.
In April, 18-year-old Sophoth illegally crossed the Thai-Cambodian border to work at a factory. In July, he was arrested and sent back through a legal border checkpoint. His journey mirrors that of many Cambodian workers who continue to cross into Thailand each month despite the coronavirus-related border closures, in the hopes of earning a living wage.