Government adjusts COVID measures in hopes of full economic reopening

Health workers in Siem Reap province use a COVID-19 rapid test on a market vendor, September 16, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered cities and provincial authorities nationwide to stop conducting mass rapid testing for COVID-19, saying the measure is unnecessary and interrupts the country’s full reopening.

The World Bank downgrades Cambodia’s projected growth due to COVID crisis

Laborers work at a construction site in Phnom Penh, Picture taken September 27, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The World Bank downgraded Cambodia’s forecasted economic growth for 2021 to 2.2 percent from a previous projection of 4 percent, and urged the country to strengthen its external competitiveness to accelerate economic recovery and boost job creation.

Cambodia’s economic growth forecast downgraded as COVID-19 cases rise

Laborers work at a construction site in Phnom Penh, July 21, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The UK-based Fitch Ratings credit rating agency has downgraded Cambodia’s economic outlook below the World Bank’s baseline forecast of 4 percent GDP growth for 2021 as the country continues to struggle with the economic shock of the COVID-19 pandemic.