Siem Reap announces new red zones after public officials test positive

Local authorities spray down a moto entering Kampong Khlaing commune in Soutr Nikum district following a COVID-19 outbreak, June 10, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Two areas in Siem Reap city have been declared red zones for two weeks by the provincial authority following serious COVID-19 outbreaks last week. So far, at least 140 people in Soutr Nikum and Chi Kreng district have tested positive for the virus since June 4, including a commune chief, bank staff and local police […]

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.

Hundreds in Meanchey district red zone protest to demand food

A banner left by a protester reading "My village runs out of food" is seen near barriers at a red zone in Phnom Penh, April 30, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Hundreds of Phnom Penh residents, including a number of garment workers, protested Friday morning and Thursday night at two separate places in Meanchey district’s Stung Meanchey 2 commune, saying they were in desperate need of food as the area enters its fourth week of lockdown. More than 100 villagers in Meanchey’s Phniet village gathered Friday […]

Mandatory COVID-19 testing ordered for Phnom Penh market vendors and all red zone residents

Residents from the red zone arrive at a COVID-19 testing center in Phnom Penh, April 24, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Phnom Penh City Hall announced late Friday night that all people living in the red zones must be tested for COVID-19, as infections continue to rise in spite of a citywide lockdown. But crowding at the city-run testing sites Saturday led to a revised directive requiring only certain red zone residents to be tested.

Sihanoukville placed under COVID-19 lockdown, with five villages designated ‘red zones’

Kuoch Chamroeun, Preah Sihanouk provincial governor inspects barricades in Sihanoukville placed to prevent people from entering or leaving the locked down area, in a photo posted on the provincial administration’s Facebook page, April 23, 2021.

Early Friday morning, Sihanoukville was placed under lockdown, making it the third city in Cambodia to face lockdown amid a worsening COVID-19 outbreak. Five villages were designated “red zones,” subjected to even stricter measures. The lockdown, which comes after nearly two months of a travel ban on anyone entering or leaving Preah Sihanouk Province, reflects the difficulty authorities have had in containing the outbreak.