Cambodia ends blanket COVID-19 lockdown despite more infections

PHNOM PENH — Cambodia ended on Thursday a blanket coronavirus lockdown in Phnom Penh after three weeks, as busy traffic returned to some streets of the capital, though authorities retained

5/6/2021 8:30:00 PM

Cambodia ended on Thursday a blanket coronavirus lockdown in Phnom Penh after three weeks, as busy traffic returned to some streets of the capital, though authorities retained tighter curbs in some districts. | Reuters

PHNOM PENH — Cambodia ended on Thursday a blanket coronavirus lockdown in Phnom Penh after three weeks, as busy traffic returned to some streets of the capital, though authorities retained

“I request that people should not be negligent, because we are living under a new way of life in the context of COVID-19,” Phnom Penh’s deputy governor Mean Chanyada told a news conference.Yellow zones would see greater economic activity and traffic flows, but remain under a curfew from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m, he said.

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As Phnom Penh opens up, authorities have also introduced new measures, such as only permitting 50 percent of workers in factories to return and with the priority on those vaccinated.Other measures include more COVID-19 testing, higher vaccinations in parts of Phnom Penh with higher infection rates and a ban on alcohol sales.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) representative in Cambodia, Li Ailan, warned on Sunday against easing curbs too soon.“Relaxing #COVID19 measures too fast and too soon means a possible surge,” she said in a message on Twitter.For more news about the novel coronavirus click headtopics.com

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