Hundreds of youths at Banteay Meanchey drug rehabilitation center test positive for COVID-19

Police and military police are deployed at the Chivith Thmey Phnom Bak Center in Banteay Meanchey province to crack down on protesting patients demanding to be treated at home after having tested positive for COVID-19. Photos posted on Banteay Meanchey provincial administration's Facebook page on August 18, 2021.

More than 600 people who have been undergoing treatment for drug addiction at Banteay Meanchey’s Chivith Thmey (“New Life”) Phnom Bak Center in Serei Sophorn City have tested positive for COVID-19 since August 16. Twenty samples from the center reportedly tested by the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh also confirmed the presence of the more contagious Delta variant.

Farmers face price crunch as COVID-19 pandemic bites rural livelihoods

A man packages rice after a harvest in Kandal province. Photo take February 2015. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

“I rely mostly on my wife who works in a factory to pay off bank debts. My wife’s salary is only enough to repay the loan,” San said. “I have not asked the bank for a delay because I am afraid the bank will not lend to me someday later when I need a new loan.”

Experts fear child marriage on the rise in Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri amid COVID-19 pandemic

A Bunong wedding ceremony held in Mondulkiri on February 2019. Hungkry Syphon

Last year, at the age of 17, Khea Sreyleak dropped out of her school in Mondulkiri’s O’Raing district to marry a 24-year-old neighbor — a member of her small Bunong community. She became a mother within a year and spends most of her day caring for her infant and family.

Cambodia’s economic growth forecast downgraded as COVID-19 cases rise

Laborers work at a construction site in Phnom Penh, July 21, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The UK-based Fitch Ratings credit rating agency has downgraded Cambodia’s economic outlook below the World Bank’s baseline forecast of 4 percent GDP growth for 2021 as the country continues to struggle with the economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Ministry argues against antibody testing as public questions Chinese-made vaccine effectiveness

People wait to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in Phnom Penh. Picture taken on April 1, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

“I’m worried that I don’t have antibodies,” she told CamboJA, sharing her concerns that a lack of side effects of the inoculations could mean her body hasn’t produced a defence response. “If I have symptoms like fever, I am sure that there is a drug working in my body.”