Legal action threatened for migrants who ignore protocol while fleeing COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand

Officials process returning migrant workers at the O’Smach border checkpoint in Oddar Meanchey province on December 23. GDI

Migrant workers who ignore COVID-19 protocols when returning from Thailand will face legal action, the government said, with more than 1,300 passing through official checkpoints this week following a fresh outbreak in the southern Thai province of Samut Sakhon.

Gov’t still undecided on vaccine acquisition, as cluster surveillance spreads to the provinces

Health Officials closed off a market in Kandal province’s Kandal Steung district after an infected person visited the market. Panha Chhorpoan

The Cambodian government had yet to decide where to acquire a COVID-19 vaccine from and was waiting for guidance from the World Health Organization, as a new community transmission cluster grew to 40 cases.

Interior Ministry temporarily closed, cluster case count rises to 32

Interior Ministry employees line up to get tested on Monday morning, after another ministry official tested positive for COVID-19. Panha Chhorpoan

The Interior Ministry has been temporarily shut down after another official in the administration department tested positive for COVID-19, with all ministry workers instructed to get tested immediately.

Patient details released as gov’t scrambles to contain new cluster

Health workers disinfect a fashion store in Phnom Penh where at least seven staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 since November 28. Panha Chhorpoan

Prime Minister Hun Sen said the release of personal information of people recently diagnosed with COVID-19 and part of the recent community transmission cluster was necessary, as the case tally rose to 29 on Saturday, after six employees at a Phnom Penh fashion store tested positive.

Government balancing COVID-19 restrictions with lagging economic activity: Observers

Garment workers leave the factory premises in Phnom Penh for a lunch break on December 2, 2020. Panha Chhorpoan

Cambodian observers say the government’s hesitancy to shut down parts of the economy even as Cambodia deals with its first community transmission cluster bares concerns over the health of an already-struggling economy.