Cambodia’s Health Ministry has instructed all state institutions, private companies, factories and other organizations to frequently carry out rapid tests for all staff and employees as the country continues to record hundreds of new cases every day. The announcement did not provide a specific definition of what constitutes an organization.
Prime Minister Hun Sen has said that Cambodia is depending on China for its COVID vaccination strategy, while ordering the nationwide use of rapid testing to contain the pandemic. He encouraged the private sector to also conduct rapid tests on their own staff.
Mak Bunthoeun, a retired resident of Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district, usually spends $60 on his diabetes treatment at the Cambodia-China Friendship Preah Kossamak Hospital. That figure has gone up, however, with the hospital now charging $15 for a mandatory COVID-19 rapid test every time he enters.