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.

Caution urged as 23 new Covid cases found among returning migrants

Officials take a sample from a migrant worker who returned from Thailand in a photo posted to Battambang Provincial Health Department's Facebook.

Twenty-three Cambodians returning from Thailand tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and Friday, taking to 56 the tally of positive cases detected at the border since Thailand’s worst outbreak of the pandemic sent a new wave of migrant workers home, the Health Ministry said.

17 Cambodians positive for Covid-19 as migrant workers continue to flee outbreak in Thailand

Seventeen Cambodians have tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from Thailand since December 20, the Health Ministry said, reiterating calls to follow strict protocol as migrant workers continue to flood across the border, many of them unofficially.