Cambodia Cancels Khmer New Year Celebration 2020 to Fight Covid-19; State and Private Institutions Operate as Normal: PM Hun Sen
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced a new measure to fight Covid-19 by cancelling the celebration of Khmer New Year, supposedly be held from 14-16 April 2020.

Testing of possible Covid-19 cluster victims narrows to 100 a day
A Health Ministry source told Khmer Times that the testing of possible victims of COVID-19 among cluster groups in suspected areas and communities has slowed to just over a 100 the past few days.

PM Hun Sen Denies Entries of 150 Cambodians from Malaysia to Ensure Other 16M Are Safe
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday that he refused to accept 150 Cambodians from Malaysia to ensure the other 16 million Cambodian people are safe from being infected with Covid-19

Opinion: Cambodian healthcare will be overwhelmed by outbreak
As Covid-19 cases continue to rise globally, the disease is set to strain public health systems in developed and developing countries alike.

Australian Embassy announces a special flight on April 12 in a letter to its stranded citizens
The Australian Embassy is in the final stages of negotiating a special flight to Sydney on Apr 12, according to a letter written to its stranded citizens and obtained by Khmer Times.

National Assembly to meet soon on draft emergency law
The National Assembly is expected to meet soon to debate the State of Emergency Law draft which the government has deemed to be a matter of “urgency.”

TOP NEWS: Cambodia Reports No Case of Covid-19 for Third Day Running; 53 Recovered
Cambodia reported no case of Covid-19 for third day running, while three patients recovered today, according to the Ministry of Health’s press release dated 6 April 2020 (updated as of 8:00 a.m).

14 days self quarrantine for all foreigners entering the Kingdom
Foreigners wishing to enter the Kingdom amid the global COVID-19 outbreak are now required to self-quarantine for two weeks after arriving in the country, according to an immigration official.

Chinese COVID-19 Case On Cambodian Flight
According to a report from the Guangzhou Health and Welfare Commission of China, a Chinese man doing business in Cambodia was diagnosed with COVID-19 after landing on flight LQ908 from Cambodia on April 3.

No Seizure of Private Properties during State of Emergency: Gov’t Spokesperson
Government’s spokesperson has claimed that the State of Emergency Law was drafted for people’s benefit, not for that of a group of people.

Cambodia Announces to Temporarily Ban Fish Exports
Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, has announced to ban the export of fish to foreign markets, in addition to paddy rice and milled rice.

Malaysian preacher in Cambodia recovers, 50 Covid-19 patients cured in total
One more Covid-19 (coronavirus) patient in Cambodia has recovered, bringing the total number of patients cured in the country so far to 50, said a Ministry of Health (MoH) statement released on Sunday (April 5).

H.E. Mrs. Or Vandine: Zero Case Is Good, But Let’s Not Lose Our Caution
“Zero COVID-19 positive case for two days in a row is a good thing for the Kingdom of Cambodia, but let’s not lose our caution,” underlined H.E. Mrs. Or Vandine, a Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health this afternoon.

R’kiri police chief ‘shot’ at subordinates
Ratanakiri province’s Taveng district police chief Sambath Kosal has been suspended from duty after his subordinate officers accused him of firing his pistol at them.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

‘State of Emergency’ Draft Law Gives Gov’t Sweeping Powers; Permits Human Rights Restrictions
A copy of the hastily-drafted “state of emergency” law, leaked Tuesday evening, looks to give the Cambodian government sweeping powers during an emergency, enabling the administration to curtail a large number of civil rights with seemingly no serious checks and balances.

TOP NEWS: Cambodia Reports Zero Case of Covid-19 Today; 25 Recovered
Cambodia reported zero case of Covid-19 on Wednesday, while two patients recovered today, according to the Ministry of Health’s press release dated 1 April 2020 (updated as of 9:00 a.m).

American tourist, 64, is arrested after wiping his saliva on a banknote and leaving it on an ATM in Cambodia amid coronavirus crisis
An American tourist was arrested after causing a coronavirus scare by wiping saliva on a banknote and leaving it on an ATM in Cambodia.

Another dead dolphin in Anlong Kampi a concern
A male dolphin calf in the Anlong Kampi Irrawaddy dolphin conservation area died on Tuesday, and authorities are conducting a post-mortem to ascertain its cause of death.

Over 2 Tons of Medical Supplies from China to Assist Cambodia in Fight against COVID-19
The People’s Liberation Army of China has donated medical supplies to the Cambodian Ministry of National Defence to support the Kingdom’s efforts in combating the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

More Than 5,000 Tested for Virus in Cambodia; National Tally Reaches 109 Cases
The Ministry of Health revealed that Cambodia had tested around 5,700 people for the novel coronavirus as of Tuesday, with the country reporting 109 cases in total and 23 recoveries.

PM: No Unnecessary Lockdowns and Stay Away from Unrecognised Medication and Test
Cambodian Prime Minister has reassured his fellow country people of no planned lockdown of cities, markets and restaurants, while urging them not to use unrecognised COVID-19 medication and testing materials in fear of the disease.

Surrogate mothers from Cambodia given suspended jail terms in landmark case
A group of 32 women who acted as surrogates for Chinese clients were found guilty of human trafficking and handed suspended jail terms with an order to raise their children “well” in Cambodia’s first trial of surrogate mothers.

Gov’t offers tax exemption
The government has issued a three-month minimum tax exemption for the aviation sector and an exemption on all types of monthly taxes for tourism operators, it said in a press release on Tuesday.

$500 million a year spent on military equipment sees Cambodia fall behind in the Asean ranks
The newly-released Global Firepower Index 2020 has put Cambodia 107 out of 138 countries for military strength. Coming only second to Laos in the Asean grouping which sits at 131. Brunei was not included in the study.

Cambodia Prepares Law to Govern the Country in State of Emergency amid Covid-19, Says PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen confirmed that the Royal Government of Cambodia has drafted law on governing the country in a state of emergency amid Covid-19.

Casinos To Close On April 1
Phnom Penh: It has been announced that Cambodia will implement the closure of all casinos starting on April 1.

Four more COVID-19 cases detected, tally now stands at 107 in Cambodia
The Health Ministry issued a statement today, saying that 3 of the COVID-19 patients are Cambodian and 61-year-old French man.

Asia Album: Chinese medical team in Cambodia helps combat COVID-19 pandemic
he Chinese medical team landed in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, on March 23 to help combat the epidemic, as the Southeast Asian country has seen a spike in new confirmed cases in recent weeks.

Banana exports booming despite pandemic
Cambodia exported 72,182 tonnes of fresh yellow bananas to international markets during the first three month of this year, a Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries report said.

Health Ministry Discourages Self Coronavirus Rapid Testing
The Ministry of Health has once again called on people not to use self COVID-19 rapid testing, explaining that there is no any rapid test kit recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

TOP NEWS: Cambodian Government Imposes Temporary Entry Restrictions into the Kingdom
Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued a press release on Saturday regarding travel restrictions issued by the Royal Government of Cambodia in relation to the Covid-19.

TOP NEWS: Cambodia Confirms One New Case of Covid-19, Tallying to 103; 21 Recovered
Cambodia confirmed one new case of Covid-19 on Sunday, adding up to 103, according to the Ministry of Health’s press release dated 29 March 2020 (updated as of 7:42 a.m).

Does Cambodia’s Coronavirus Bailout Really Add Up?
The Cambodian government’s response to the now worsening COVID-19 crisis had initially been woeful.

Flight To Chengdu Refused Into Chinese Airspace
On the morning of March 29, a flight from Phnom Penh to Chengdu was not allowed to enter China and was made to return to Cambodia.

Prime Minister Hints at Declaring State of Emergency; Criticizes Price Gouging
Prime Minister Hun Sen said Wednesday he was considering the possibility of declaring a state of emergency, though he said it in the middle of an irate speech criticizing price gouging.

‘Overstay’ charges might be waived
Sok Phal, Secretary of State at the Interior Ministry, has exclusively told Khmer Times that he is seeking approval from the Minster of the Interior Sar Kheng to waive overstay fines for tourists stranded in the country due to the ongoing severe disruption to flights caused by COVID-19.

Nanchang Airport Closes Sihanoukville Flights
March 26. From 00:00 on March 26, Nanchang, (Jiangxi province), will stop inbound flights from Sihanoukville, Cambodia, for a period of 14 days.

Authorities detail 40,000 migrants, toll reaches 98
The Ministry of Health on Thursday confirmed two more cases of coronavirus infections, raising the total to 98.

Online Tourist Accommodation Log Launched to Prevent Covid-19 Spread
Ministry of Tourism launches an online system of tourist accommodation management for all hotels and guesthouses to better prevent the epidemic of Covid-19.

Cambodian economy will be ‘worst hit in Asean’ ADB
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said the Kingdom will see losses amount to more than $390 million due to the economic impact of the Covid-19 outbreak this year.

31 French tourists infected with COVID-19 had traveled to multiple destinations in Cambodia before detection
The 31 French nationals who were all tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus over the weekend, had been traveling together since they arrived in Siem Reap on March 11.

Four more foreigners tested positive for COVID-19 in Kampong Cham
Four more passengers of Viking Cruise Journey were tested positive for COVID-19 after being quarantined in Kampong Cham province, raising the tally to 91, according to a provincial official.

Government mulls locking down any village with more than two migrant workers infected with COVID-19, says Sar Kheng
Interior Minister Sar Kheng today said the government is considering to lock down any villages where more than two migrant workers from Thailand are found to have contracted COVID-19.

New tax rates announced for businesses and employees
The Ministry of Economy and Finance has revised the tax rates for all business owners and employees in Cambodia. Employers were instructed to deduct employee taxes according to the new rates from February onwards. Taxpayers have to submit the tax declaration by the 20th of each month.

Cambodia Reports Three New Cases of COVID-19 Today
Cambodia reported only three new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) today, compared to 31 cases yesterday, pointed out the Ministry of Health in a new press release.

Sudden explosion of Cambodians returning from Thailand before border closure, will affect fight against Coronavirus
Ly Sovann, director of the MoH’s Communicable Disease Control Department, has on Sunday called on citizens, who have just returned from abroad, to self-quarantine at home for 14 days and to contact a hotline if they have any suspicious symptoms.

Cambodia almost sealed off after borders close
The Kingdom yesterday found itself almost sealed off after Thailand and Laos closed their borders amid coronavirus fears.

Two Vietnamese Carry COVID-19 From Cambodia
Two Vietnamese returning to the southern province of Tay Ninh from Cambodia have raised the total coronavirus infections in the country to 118.

Virus tops 84 with new cases in S’ville
The Ministry of Health on Sunday night confirmed another 31 cases of coronavirus infections, bringing the Kingdom’s total to 84 and it highest daily tally. There have been no fatalities thus far.

Sa Kaeo closes 19 Cambodian border checkpoints – Covid-19
Despite denials only days ago, all 19 checkpoints in the eastern province of Sa Kaeo, two permanent and 17 temporary, along the border with Cambodia will be temporarily closed in a bid to stem the spread of the Covid-19 coronivirus.

Thailand issues new requirements for Cambodian visitors
The Cambodian Embassy in Thailand has informed Cambodian citizens who wish to travel to Thailand they must obtain a health certificate and insurance worth at least $100,000.

Vietnamese airlines suspend international routes, Cambodia included as Coronavirus wrecks havoc
Budget carriers Jetstar Pacific and Vietjet Air announced they will suspend operating routes to and from ASEAN countries, including Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar and Indonesia, from Friday March 20.

180 quarantined over contacts with coronavirus-infected people
Nearly 180 people have been quarantined in Kampong Cham and Preah Sihanouk provinces after having contacts with seven Malaysians and two French nationals who tested positive for COVID-19

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.

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.

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”.

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.

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.

COVID-19 infection increases to 37
The Health Ministry has detected two more cases of COVID-19 in Tboung Khmum province, bringing the number of infection to 37.

Cambodia Forms National Commission for Combatting Covid-19 Headed by PM Hun Sen
Cambodia formed a National Commission for Combatting Covid-19, according to the decision dated 18 March 2020.

Cambodian participants facing increased risk of COVID-19 after Tabligh congregation as cases surge
The leaders of the Tabligh at a mosque in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, Markas Dakwah Tabligh Malaysia Sri Petaling, have ordered for all activities that can cause worry and the spread of Covid-19 to be suspended with immediate effect.

Cruise ships dock, 34 depart
Passengers of five cruise ships which were allowed to enter Cambodia after being rejected by Vietnamese authorities for fear they may have contracted the new coronavirus have either left the Kingdom on Wednesday or will do so on Thursday.

Kingdom sees nine new Covid-19 cases
The Ministry of Health said nine new cases of Covid-19 infections were detected in the Kingdom on Tuesday, bringing the total thus far to 33. There were 12 cases detected late on Monday.

PM bans all religious gatherings in wake of COVID-19 pandemic
PM Hun Sen has temporarily banned all religious gatherings in Cambodia with immediate effect.

Cambodia braces for cluster outbreak as China vows to stem cross-border spread of COVID-19
A Cambodian Muslim leader has expressed fears that a number of Cambodian Muslims who attended a religious congregation in Malaysia may have become infected with COVID-19.

Three Cambodian river cruise vessels denied docking in Vietnam’s water
Three river cruise vessels since yesterday remain stuck in Vietnamese waters after they were denied disembarkation and docking due to fear of the COVID-19 outbreak, one of the vessel managers said.

Cambodia’s Ministry of Health Seeks Passengers on Flight PG933 as Cambodian Man Infected
Cambodian Ministry of Health on Monday urged individuals who sit next to a Cambodian man infected with Covid-19 on flight PG933 to get a health test or contact 115.

Cambodia Announces Nationwide School Closures as COVID Response Ramps Up
The Education Ministry announced on Monday the closure of all public and private educational institutions across the country, as the Cambodian government ramped up its response to the global pandemic, almost two months after the first reported case in the country.

Cambodia Issues Regulations for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 and EBA
On February 25, 2020, Cambodia issued regulations to support businesses recently impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as well as from the partial withdrawal of ‘Everything but Arms’ (EBA) status by the European Union (EU).

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport today announced a temporary vacation for all public and private schools in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap town from today until further notice.

Cambodia Bans Entry From Five Countries, Records Two New Virus Cases
Cambodia has banned entry of foreigners from Italy, Germany, Spain, France and United States for 30 days effective March 17th, as Phnom Penh recorded two more cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday.

Emergency Hotline for International Visitors
Ministry of Tourism has proposed Immigration Department at the Ministry of Interior to notify all international tourists in Cambodia with emergency hotline – a coping measure against emerging COVID-19 threat.

Monks reveal Sangke threat
The Battambang provincial governor has ordered the authorities to close sewers in the Sangke River after monks posted a video showing toxic wastewater flowing into it and allegedly affecting nearby residents’ health.

Facebook seller wearing ‘sexy clothes’ charged with pornography in Cambodia
The Cambodian police filed pornography charges against a 39-year-old Facebook user for selling products while wearing sexy clothes that allegedly undermine Khmer values and culture.

Aan toeristische trekpleisters zoals Angkor Wat in Cambodja, is het normaal gezien koppenlopen. Nu is er geen toeristische ziel te bespeuren. Het coronavirus jaagt zelfs op de populairste plekken ter wereld alle bezoekers weg.

De kledingindustrie in Cambodja en Vietnam krijgt harde klappen te verduren. Doordat grondstoffen uit China niet komen, ligt het werk op veel plekken stil.

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