At least four garment workers died and 25 were injured in a traffic accident on Wednesday evening when a truck carrying bricks crashed into a truck transporting workers in Kampong Speu province’s Samroang Tong district.
The social protection allowance would be provided to almost 275,747 garment workers from a total of 513 factories in Phnom Penh, Kandal and Preah Sihanouk provinces, according to a Tuesday statement from the Labour Ministry.
Over the past two weeks, at least 80 garment workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in just a handful of provinces outside Phnom Penh, sparking worries from laborers, union leaders and civil society figures that measures to reopen factories are insufficient.
Garment workers make up a large share of Cambodia’s COVID-19 cases, with some 1,673 workers from 206 factories having tested positive since the latest outbreak began in February, according to the Ministry of Labor. Additionally, more than 17,000 workers are in quarantine and being monitored after having come into contact with an infected person.
A Campaign to vaccinate up to 80 percent of Cambodia’s garment workers began in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, with thousands of injections given in major the city’s industrial zones, the Labor Ministry said.