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.

Mass closure of garment factories leaves workers unpaid, struggling to survive in lockdown

Garment workers stand in front of their rented apartments in the Stung Meanchey III commune of Meanchey district, one of the strictly patrolled COVID-19 red zones in Phnom Penh, April 22, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Many of the thousands of garment workers now under Cambodia’s strictest COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are finding themselves unpaid, suspended indefinitely from the capital area’s hundreds of factories and, as of yet, with little help from outside.