Cambodia morning news for March 20

Cambodia morning news for March 20

Cambodia morning news

Infections spread in Kingdom
The Ministry of Health on Thursday confirmed 10 more cases of coronavirus infections bringing the latest tally to 47. Almost all are confirmed to be connected to a Muslim religious gathering in Malaysia which has become the epicentre for infections in that country.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Vietnam shutters borders with Cambodia as pandemic spreads
The Vietnamese government on Sunday locked down its borders with the Kingdom and imposed a month-long entry ban for any foreign traveler – except accredited diplomats – as the country adopts measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
— Khmer Times

Sellers of fake anti-virus kits to be prosecuted
The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Commerce’s Cambodia Import-Export Inspection and Fraud Repression Directorate-General (Camcontrol) announced they would take legal action against sellers and pharmacists who sold products such as hand sanitisers containing “fake alcohol”.
— The Phnom Penh Post

School closures affect F&B businesses
Cafes and restaurants in the capital often frequented by young people are expressing concern after many customers socially distanced themselves from public gatherings amid the global coronavirus outbreak.
— Khmer Times

Museums across Kingdom closed
Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts spokesman Long Bunna Sireyvath said on Thursday that 10 major museums have been instructed to close temporarily in line with the government’s efforts to reduce areas with large concentrations of people to contain Covid-19.
— The Phnom Penh Post

National Commission for combatting Covid-19 established
Cambodia has established a National Commission for Combatting Covid-19, according to the decision cited on Wednesday.
— Khmer Times

Coronavirus vaccines in the works: Chinese embassy
China’s Academy of Military Medical Science has reportedly received the approval of its COVID-19 vaccines from its government.
— Khmer Times

Health Ministry contemplates new virus prevention strategy
The Health Ministry is considering urging suspected COVID-19 patients to self-isolate to prevent possible coronavirus infections among family members.
— Khmer Times

National development plan hampered by coronavirus
A government delegate in charge of the Directorate General of Planning, Theng Panhathorn, said the spread of Covid-19 in the Kingdom will affect its National Strategic Development Plan because of budget re-allocations and delays in collecting national census data.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Ministry blacklists nearly 50 online sites over fake news
The Information Ministry yesterday blacklisted nearly 50 Facebook pages and accounts which were allegedly spreading fake news about the COVID-19 outbreak in the Kingdom.
— Khmer Times

Traffic law changes in force
The government has amended the Road Traffic Law and updated the fines for all road violations.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia tells its citizens in Thailand to stay here
Cambodia’s embassy in Thailand has advised all Cambodian citizens who are here now to remain here for the duration of the Covid-19 crisis to safeguard their homeland.
— The Nation

German government continues demining, social support
The German government has contributed an additional $3.5 million in aid to support demining and social recovery efforts in the Kingdom’s northwestern area until 2021.
— Khmer Times

Japan to provide nearly $250,000 for bridge projects
Japan has agreed to provide nearly $250,000 in aid for reconstruction and development projects in Kratie and Kampot provinces.
— Khmer Times

Their Majesties the King and Queen-Mother Contribute US$300,000 to Combat COVID-19
His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia and Her Majesty the Queen-Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk have announced their financial contribution to the Royal Government in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

Zuckerberg, Gates to help Kingdom in Covid-19 fight
Mark Zuckerberg’s Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) and the Bill Gates Foundation (BGF) are helping a group of small research institutions in Cambodia to fight against Covid-19, Business Insider reports.
— The Phnom Penh Post

COVID-19: Cambodia to do its best to prevent community transmission
The Ministry of Health and relevant institutions will do their best to prevent community transmission as the number of confirmed cases in Cambodia soared to 37 as of Wednesday night.
— Khmer Times

Unions seek relief fund for suspended KTV, cinema workers
Some union federations yesterday called for the government’s intervention in supporting suspended entertainment workers across the country after establishments were shuttered to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.
— Khmer Times

Royal Palace to temporarily hold off visitors
The Royal Palace Ministry yesterday announced the temporary closure of one of the Kingdom’s most iconic buildings amid fears of new coronavirus infections.
— Khmer Times

Heftier fines for traffic offenders approved
The government on Tuesday issued a new sub-decree which increases fines for traffic violators to reduce road traffic casualties.
— Khmer Times

NGO celebrates local wildlife
Despite the call for social distancing and to halt large gatherings in light of the deadly Covid-19 disease that has infected 47 people in Cambodia so far, more than 650 youth, women, and men gathered last week at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre to celebrate World Wildlife Day and International Women’s Day.
— The Phnom Penh Post

WWF: No dam is the right decision
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has applauded the government’s decision not to develop a hydropower dam on the Mekong River after confirmation came from the Ministry of Mines and Energy on Thursday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Holy cow! Nation’s new dairy industry may be moo-ving on
The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has asked the representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations to check the possibility of providing support for the raising of dairy cows in Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Aviation sector calls for government aid
The country’s main airport company, Cambodia Airports, has called for a “global and comprehensive plan” to aid the ailing aviation industry.
— Khmer Times

About 800 workers to get unpaid wages tomorrow
Nearly 800 workers of the New Best Global Textile Factory in Kampong Speu province will receive compensation tomorrow following a protest they held last week over unpaid wages and bonuses.
— Khmer Times

Military officer in prison for illegal property sales
The Kandal Provincial Court sent military sub-region operations commander Kim Sovann to prison for secretly selling the property of others.
— The Phnom Penh Post



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