COVID-19 testing begins as schools ready for reopening in Phnom Penh

A healthcare worker tests a student for COVID-19 at Chea Sim Santhor Mok high school in Phnom Penh, September 10, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

As the government prepares to reopen secondary schools in Phnom Penh, some say they will require parents and students to test for COVID-19.

Hun Sen orders partial reopening of schools to prevent education loss

A woman and her daughter at Boeung Trabek High School in Phnom Penh, August 31, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Prime Minister Hun Sen has called for a partial reopening of schools, especially in rural areas where there are no COVID-19 cases, fearing that continued closures would lead to higher rates of illiteracy and students dropping out of school.

Cambodia receives first batch of US-made Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The Johnson&Johnson COVID-19 vaccines donated by the US to Cambodia through the international COVAX mechanism arrive at Phnom Penh International airport, July 30, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Cambodia received half a million single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines on Friday, the first portion of more than one million doses donated by the US government through the international COVAX mechanism. The country will also receive another 415,000 doses of AstraZeneca donated from the United Kingdom as well.

Government launches new program to combat online child sexual exploitation, amid a pandemic-related rise in cases

A girl looks at her smartphone while at her home in Phnom Penh, July 14, 2021.CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Cambodia National Council for Children (CNCC) on Tuesday launched a five-year plan to prevent online sexual exploitation of children, a crime the government and advocates say has worsened amid the pandemic.