Cambodia morning news for April 3

Cambodia morning news for April 3

Cambodia morning news

Border crossing to and from Cambodia suspended over COVID-19 as Vietnam declares epidemic
The Vietnamese Government has suspended cross-border activities of individuals at main and secondary border gates and trails in border areas with Cambodia from April 1 as part of its measures to effectively prevent the spread of COVID-19.
— Khmer Times

Gov’t Defends Draft “State of Emergency” Law; Rights Groups Remain Concerned
A Cambodian government spokesperson defended the draft “State of Emergency” legislation on Thursday, calling the use of the soon-to-be-passed “historic” law as inevitable.
— VOA Khmer

Asean governments jump on dodgy COVID-19 instant test kits (video)
Governments across Asean have raised alarm over the sudden emergence of unregistered COVID-19 instant test kits being sold online and in markets, warning the public not to fall victim to the unproven devices.
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Australians wanting to leave Cambodia amid coronavirus hit ‘brick wall’ in bid for government help
A group of 85 Australian expats in Cambodia fear time is fast running out to leave before a state of emergency is declared in the country, saying their pleas for help from the Australian Government have gone unheeded.
— ABC

TOP NEWS: Cambodia Sees One New Case of Covid-19 Today; 34 Recovered
Cambodia reported only one new case of Covid-19 on Thursday, while nine patients recovered today, according to the Ministry of Health’s press release dated 2 April 2020 (updated as of 9:00 a.m).
— Fresh News

Will the COVID-19 Crisis Spell the End of Cambodia’s Hun Sen?
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is set to gain an unprecedented amount of power through the passing of a new “state of emergency” draft law, ostensibly designed to help the government tackle the coronavirus crisis.
— The Diplomat

A Mekong Dolphin Found Dead in Kratie Province
A baby dolphin aged three months has been found dead in Mekong river, about 19 kilometres away from Anlong Kampi area of Kratie province.
— AKP

Another COVID-19 Case Found On Cambodia Flight
According to a press release from the Guangzhou Health Commission on April 1, 6 new imported cases of COVID-29 were detected, including a 42-year-old Liaoning man who traveled from Phnom Penh Airport and transferred to Guangzhou.
— CNE

Cambodia-U.S trade volume up by 33 percent to US$585 million in January
Bilateral trade between Cambodia and the U.S. were valued at US$585 million in January 2020, up 33 percent compared to the same period last year.
— Khmer Times

300 Thais returning from Cambodia to be quarantined
Some 300 Thais will be quarantined when they return from Poipet after the Cambodian government ordered all 125 casinos nationwide to shut down to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Ban on crowds to curb COVID-19 pandemic from becoming an epidemic but how about factory workers?
The government has effectively banned many forms of gathering of more than 10 people to curb the spread of COVID-19 which seems to be under control for the past few days.
— Khmer Times

PM Calls On Compatriots to Believe in Government’s Public Health Measures
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has appealed to his compatriots to believe in the Royal Government’s public health measures against COVID-19.
— AKP

Vietnamese national who re-entered Vietnam with COVID-19 from Cambodia, flees quarantine centre
Vietnam media has reported that the country’s Tay Ninh Province’s health department is searching for a man who fled a coronavirus quarantine centre without being tested for SARS-CoV-2 on Sunday.
— Khmer Times

Nine more COVID-19 positive patients recover, bringing number of recovered to 34
Cambodia reported another nine cases of COVID-19 patients who were successfully treated.
— Khmer Times

U.S. Provides Some US$2 Million to Combat COVID-19 in Cambodia
As the leader in the global health and humanitarian response to COVID-19, the United States has acted swiftly to support our ASEAN partners in combating the COVID-19 virus, while Cambodia will receive some US$2 million, according to a press release received yesterday.
— AKP

Cambodia is a recipient in IAEA shipment of vital testing equipment to combat COVID-19
Cambodia is among 40 over countries who are set to receive the initial shipment of vital testing equipment to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, which some countries have classified as an epidemic.
— Khmer Times

Measure to offset tourism sector wages amid virus: Government
The government announced on Tuesday a measure to assist minimum wage workers employed in the tourism sector amid COVID-19 fears.
— Khmer Times

First Shipment of Face Masks Donated by HOdo Group Arrives in Cambodia
First shipment of 200,000 face masks donated by HOdo Group, a Wuxi-based textile and garment giant in China’s Jiangsu province and Chinese Controlling Stakeholder of Sihanoukville Special Economic Zone, arrived in Cambodia.
— AKP

Ministry of Information to Launch More Accessible E-Learning
Ministry of Information has scheduled to launch its e-learning programme soon to facilitate students’ home study as schools closed following Covid-19 concern.
— AKP

No word on state of emergency
The National Assembly (NA) said it will postpone all unnecessary meetings in line with guidance from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministers Donate Salaries to Covid-19 Cause
Ministers and senior officials in the government have announced that they will donate their salaries for fighting Covid-19 in Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

State of emergency draft law set for NA
A draft law aiming to place the Kingdom in a state of emergency amid the Covid-19 pandemic is set for a debate at the National Assembly (NA) after going through the Council of Ministers’ Standing Committee meeting led by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Justice minister promises good governance, solidarity
Newly-appointed Minister of Justice Koeut Rith has vowed to continue implementing policy reforms to improve the quality of the judicial system and build public confidence.
— The Phnom Penh Post

RCAF committed to fighting Coronavirus
The Defence Ministry said today that the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces is firmly committed to participating in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Soldiers to stay put amid virus threats
Concerns over the Covid-19 virus has prompted Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) commander-in-chief General Vong Pisen to issue an order on Tuesday banning soldiers from leaving their units and barracks or gathering for any events before the upcoming April 14-16 Khmer New Year celebrations.
— The Phnom Penh Post

New Justice Minister vows reforms and speedier trial procedures
Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday urged newly appointed Justice Minister Keut Rith to improve the judiciary and expedite resolution of pending cases to boost the public’s confidence towards the country’s judicial system.
— Khmer Times

Online hackathon aims to provide COVID-19 solution
The National Institute of Posts, Telecoms & ICT is inviting the public to join this weekend’s hackathon to find a solution to the coronavirus crisis.
— Khmer Times

Coronavirus pandemic prove catastrophic for tour guides
The tourism industry has always been considered as a major player in the rapid economic growth of the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Governors told to look at public land seizures
The Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, Hing Thorasky, has issued a report ordering ministers and three provincial governors to check for irregularities among lower-level officers who have illegally seized public land.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Rice stockpile boosted in face of continuing Coronavirus threat
The Cambodian government has been looking to secure a stockpile of milled rice to ensure a sufficient domestic supply of the staple.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s rice export up 35 Percent in Q1 amid looming ban
Cambodia exported a total of 230,948 tons of milled rice to foreign markets in the first quarter of this year, according to Cambodia Rice Federation’s report.
— Khmer Times

Online sales of pharmaceuticals and health-related disinfectants banned
The Ministry of Health has banned online sales of medicines, medical equipment and other health-related disinfectant substances as most of such products are not legally authorised and not of proper quality.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Strong capital, liquidity in financial services
The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) has affirmed that commercial banking and finances have strong capital and liquidity although Novel Coronavirus outbreak is hitting the country’s economy.
— Khmer Times

Exports of farm goods hit 3m in Q1 this year
Cambodia exported a total of 2,936,992 tonnes of agricultural commodities and products to the international markets during the first quarter of the year.
— Khmer Times

Senate okays coal-fired plants, transmission line
The Senate on Thursday approved two coal-power plants and a power transmission line with a combined value of $1.7 billion.
— The Phnom Penh Post

A serious concern: Cambodians’ $8 billion microfinance debt
Impending COVID-19 health measures and high levels of micro debt pose a serious concern for the approximately 2.4 million Cambodians with a combined outstanding debt of $8 billion, according to a World Bank report released this week.
— Khmer Times

Senate Approves Three Power Projects
Cambodian Senate has approved unanimously three draft laws on approval of payment warranty of the Royal Government of Cambodia for two private companies on three power projects, which generate cumulatively nearly 1,000 MW.
— AKP

Cambodia Halts Hydropower Construction on Mekong River Until 2030
Experts in Cambodia have welcomed the government’s recent halt on hydropower development on the Mekong River until 2030, but called on the government to focus on renewable energies.
— VOA Khmer

Delivery apps booming in midst of Covid-19 epidemic
While the fear of catching Covid-19 has kept some people out of restaurants and fast food shops, food delivery companies have reported a sharp growth in business since the virus emerged.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Prey Lang forest promoted
The USAID Greening Prey Lang Project recently presented its three month report for the year detailing how it has been supporting the government to promote community livelihoods, developing strategic plans for forests, recruiting community groups and training rangers.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Two of three new appeal courts start hearings
The Ministry of Justice said the new Appeal Court in Preah Sihanouk province could not start operating from yesterday because the construction had not finished.
— Khmer Times

Fake product bust: 16 nabbed
Police are stepping up crackdowns on dealers selling fake sanitisers and Covid-19 test kits.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Journalist charged with drug possession
Phnom Penh Municipal Court today charged a freelance journalist for alleged drug possession in the capital.
— Khmer Times

Men in court for attacking fathers
A man was sent to court on Wednesday after being arrested for slitting his father’s throat, causing serious injuries, in Kandal province’s Mok Kampoul district.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vietnamese national arrested over alleged drug manufacturing
Police in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet city arrested a Vietnamese man accused of processing drugs and seized more than four kilograms of ecstasy.
— Khmer Times

Winds damage 301 houses
At least three people were injured and over 300 houses damaged in Pursat, Battambang, Preah Vihear and Oddar Meanchey provinces due to rain with strong winds on Wednesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

 

 

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