Amount of illicit drugs seized more than doubles compared with 2020

Officials prepare confiscated drugs for burning during a ceremony to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Phnom Penh, July 19, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

More than seven tonnes of seized drugs were burned or otherwise destroyed at a ceremony in Phnom Penh today as anti-drug trafficking officials announced that the number of illicit drugs seized by police had more than doubled compared to the same period last year. The drugs were confiscated over the course of 2020 as well as the first half of 2021.

Interior Ministry temporarily closed, cluster case count rises to 32

Interior Ministry employees line up to get tested on Monday morning, after another ministry official tested positive for COVID-19. Panha Chhorpoan

The Interior Ministry has been temporarily shut down after another official in the administration department tested positive for COVID-19, with all ministry workers instructed to get tested immediately.