The Cambodian government announced on Thursday that it had alleviated any threat of COVID-19 community transmission after more than 1,500 people were directly or indirectly exposed to a visiting Hungarian minister who tested positive for disease.
Ream villagers have been nervous for the last month, after the land they are living on was part of a 600-hectare concession given to the family of influential tycoon Ly Yong Phat. Looking at past experiences, these villagers knew there was a high possibility they would be evicted from their homes in Preah Sihanouk province, and potentially forcefully.
Prime Minister Hun Sen has appealed to all people to follow quarantine, self-isolation and testing requirements, especially officials of his government, after three people who were in contact with an infected foreign dignitary tested positive on Monday.
After a bodyguard who accompanied a Covid-19 positive Hungarian minister during his trip to Phnom Penh last week also tested positive for the virus, the government announced November 8 that schools and entertainment venues in Phnom Penh and Kandal province would close for at least two weeks.
More than 600 people, including dozens of journalists who covered the state visit of the Covid-19 positive Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister on November 3, had received negative test results for the virus by November 4, as others are still awaiting results.