Phsar Chas closed, three more villages locked down as Covid spreads

Residents approach barricades in a locked down area in Meanchey district's Stung Meanchey I commune, in Phnom Penh, April 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

A second garment factory and a popular Phnom Penh market have been shut down and three more villages have been placed under lockdown, as the COVID-19 caseload rose by another 277 cases on Monday, officials said, following weekend warnings that Cambodia was on the brink of a “national tragedy.”