Cambodia blocks Vietnam border amid growing COVID-19 outbreak

A woman receives a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Phnom Penh, Picture taken on April 1, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Cambodian government has announced a one-month ban on travel across the border to Vietnam in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19. The government has also extended the period between first and second doses of the Chinese-made Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines from two to three weeks.

Officials begin using wood seized from illegal logging to make coffins for COVID-19 victims

A pile of confiscated wood at Prey Preah Roka-Chhaep Wildlife Sanctuary in Preah Vihear. Picture taken on June 2021.CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

“The ministry has collected around 1,347 cubic meters of wood that have been taken from illegal logging between 2020 to 2021 to produce coffins. Based on the estimate, all the woods under the Ministry of Environment’s control can produce around 1,000 coffins,” Pheaktra said. “Now, twelve Environment Departments across the country have produced 510 coffins and continued their operation in producing more coffins.”

Japan donates 1 million COVID-19 vaccines to Cambodia, easing reliance on China

A shipment of AstraZeneca vaccine donated by Unicef and facilitated by the global COVAX initiative arriving earlier this year at Phnom Penh International Airport. Picture taken on March 2, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Japanese government on Tuesday announced it will donate 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine to Cambodia in a move Japanese representatives describe as being in the “light of the friendship” between the two countries and based on the recipient’s rising case counts.

More than 1,000 COVID-19 patients currently recovering at homes in Phnom Penh

Motorists drive past a house where people are undergoing home treatment for Covid-19 in Phnom Penh, July 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

As health officials ramp up their vaccination campaign beyond Phnom Penh, a growing number of patients with minor cases of COVID-19 are staying home to recover.

Private schools shut their doors amid mounting financial problems

The Westline School in Phnom Penh's Daun Penh district, July 9, 202. CamboJA/Pring Samrang

Private schools across Cambodia are struggling to stay afloat amid a seemingly endless school closure following the February 20 COVID-19 community outbreak. Many private schools, especially primary schools and provincial schools, have been forced to completely close down operations due to the severe financial crisis caused by the pandemic.