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Capital calls for Covid-19 caution

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Phnom Penh Municipal Hall announced that districts must continue safety measures. Hong Menea

Capital calls for Covid-19 caution

The Phnom Penh Municipal Hall announced on Monday that authorities in the city’s 14 districts must encourage people to continue various safety measures to prevent a second wave of Covid-19.

It called on administrations, departments and units to educate residents on daily living habits like washing hands, wearing masks, and practising social distancing.

The Municipal Hall ordered authorities to ban local meetings and gatherings like parties and religious ceremonies. If restaurants and various shops fail to follow instructions like putting out hand sanitisers and checking temperatures, their businesses would be closed temporarily.

“The ban on some businesses like gyms, cinemas, night clubs, karaoke bars, beer gardens, massage parlours and spas must continue,” it said,

Authorities in all districts must also collect information on citizens who just returned from abroad, check the places where citizens isolate themselves for 14 days and check their health after 14 days of quarantine.

Two new Covid-19 cases were recently found on May 21 and 22. One person travelled from the Philippines and one more from New York City, US. The two cases bring the total to 124.

The new cases were found a day after the government declared it would lift a ban on passengers from the US, France, Italy, Iran, Spain and Germany.

The Ministry of Health maintains that foreign travellers are allowed to enter Cambodia with a health certificate and must have at least $50,000 in health insurance. Travellers will be tested and must wait for the results from Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC).

The ministry said if one or more passengers are found to be infected with Covid-19, all passengers must be sent into quarantine at a location designated by the Inter-Ministerial Committee to fight against Covid-19.

If all the passengers obtain negative laboratory results, they will be allowed to practice social distancing at home.

Health ministry secretary of state York Sambath confirmed that from May 20, nearly 1,000 passengers, including Cambodians and foreigners arrived in the Kingdom by plane.

She said in June, Cambodians, especially students, will be able to return to the country and the Ministry of Health and Phnom Penh Municipal Hall will need to set up additional schools as quarantine centres.

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