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.
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.
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
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.
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.