According to The Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia recorded 04 new Covid-19 positive cases, which bring the total to 37, on March 19. This situation drives the Cambodian tourism sector to face difficulty and asks the locals to enhance their virus awareness by wearing face masks, using hand sanitizer or gel to wash their hands regularly, etc. Keep reading for more updates about Covid-19 in Cambodia.
General Status of Covid-19 in Cambodia
The addition of 04 new positive cases brings the total to 37 until the present. Of these new 04 cases, 02 of the infected people are Malaysians aged 60 and 64. Both are being under treatment at the Kampot provincial hospital. The other 02 are Cambodian Muslims aged 71 and 52 (who recently returned from a religious event in Malaysia).
Regarding the 12 previous Covid-19 cases, here are the details:
- 02 in Banteay Meanchey
- 02 in Phnom Penh
- 02 in Kampong Chhnang
- 04 in Battambang
- 01 in Kampot
- 01 in Tboung Khmum
Of these 12 cases, 11 of them are Khmer Muslims and were among 79 people who returned from a Muslim religious event nearby Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. And even before that, the country recorded 12 cases of the foreigners who did travel to Cambodia, mostly from the river cruise. Know that the first positive case in Cambodia was reported in late January when a Chinese resident from Wuhan (China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak) was infected while being on a holiday with his family. It was reported that he was recovered and returned home in February.
Cambodia Bans Travelers from Five Countries to Repress Covid-19
On March 14, Cambodia announced restrictions on people from five countries for a one-month period in order to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic. The foreigners from Italy, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States should be temporarily banned from entering Cambodia for 30 days. This announcement becomes effective from March 17.
Covid-19 Damage to Cambodian Tourism
The local tourism sector is hit hard by fears of the Covid-19 epidemic. It’s shown that the number of foreign travelers decreased by more than 60 percent in February 2020. The fears about this deadly virus drive people to temporarily stop traveling abroad. Rather, they are advised to stay at home and avoid traveling if it’s not necessary. As a result, the kingdom’s top tourist site namely Angkor Wat becomes nearly emptied.
Also, the public and private schools in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are allowed to take an early vacation in an attempt to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 in Cambodia outbreak. The early vacation begins from March 14, while as normal, it takes from April 16 to 20 of the year. As the virus-infected cases have been detected in foreigners from different countries, traveling abroad to the kingdom might not be a good choice now. Along with that, the locals, particularly the children, are advised not to go to the public swimming pools, playgrounds, or somewhere full of crowds.
Besides taking all the necessary precautions, like wearing face masks in public places, regularly washing hands, etc., people should be aware of the spread of misinformation or fake news. To access the reliable sources of information, it’s best to use the Facebook pages and official websites of the Ministry of Health and the CDC (the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention). Like an additional measure to prevent the virus outbreak, all public concerts become suspended from March 17 until further notices. In that sense, the Ministry of the Royal Palace has also delayed all palace visits from March 18 until further notices too.
All in all, your health and safety are of the utmost importance right now. Stay healthy and safe whether or not you are in Cambodia now!