The government has decided to temporarily ban Indian nationals and all inbound passengers travelling through India from entering Cambodia, as a more contagious, deadly Covid-19 variant has been detected there, according to the Ministry of Health press statement released late on April 27.
“With permission from Prime Minister Hun Sen and having assessed the situation, the Ministry of Health decided to ... impose the ban until further notice,” Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng said in the release.
He said the ban applies to those who had been in India or travelled to and from the country in the last three weeks. This directive will take effect 48 hours after its issuance.
Bun Heng said the ongoing community outbreak in Cambodia since February 20 has not subsided and has only deteriorated.
Bun Heng said the new B1617 variant detected in India is highly dangerous and can transmit easily from one person to another. India recorded more than 350,000 news infections on April 27 alone, according to the Agence France-Presse.
Prior to this, another variant, B117, was detected in the UK and had also spread to many other countries, Bun Heng added.