Hundreds of Cambodian migrant workers blocked at border after Covid lockdown

Oddar Meanchey provincial authorities inspect a closed Thai-Cambodian border checkpoint on July 30, 2021.

Hundreds Cambodian migrant workers have been blocked from re-entering Cambodia since the government closed the Thai-Cambodian border Friday for two weeks to slow the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19.

Two communities in Phnom Penh locked down as Delta variant spreads across Cambodia

Health officials give Covid tests to residents in Phsar Touch village, Tuol Sangke 1 commune, Russei Keo district in Phnom Penh, which has recorded an outbreak of the Delta variant, August 2, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Health officials said the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 has begun rapidly spreading in Phnom Penh and other provinces, after a series of outbreaks in provinces bordering Thailand.

Street sellers struggle with unpredictable market closures

Vendors sell food along a street in Phnom Penh after their market closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, July 23, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Months after Phnom Penh’s citywide lockdown was lifted, market vendors said they have yet to return to their pre-lockdown income. And as Cambodia begins tightening restrictions once more to keep the new Delta Covid-19 variant in check, some say they fear what will come next.

Gov’t locks down border provinces, and announces new nationwide restrictions, amid fears of spreading Delta variant

Police set up a barricade along a street during a lockdown in Phnom Penh, Picture taken on April 24, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Cambodian government announced it is locking down eight provinces along the Thai border in order to curb the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and installing nationwide restrictions on restaurants, cinemas, museums, and entertainment venues, as well as travel curfews, amid a surge in neighboring Thailand.

Another week of lockdowns for some Phnom Penh red zones, but area shrinks

Garment workers leave after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination in a red zone in Choam Chao 1 commune, Pur Senchey District in Phnom Penh, May 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Phnom Penh municipal authority announced it was extending targeted lockdowns for another week, including some areas that have already been locked down for more than a month.