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