Two markets in Phnom Penh – Phsar Thom Tuol Sangke, also known as Samhan market, in Russey Keo district and Boeung Trabek Plaza in Chamkarmon district – have been ordered shut for 14 days from April 19 to May 2 after vendors there tested positive for Covid-19.
Russey Keo district governor Chea Pisey said that over the last few days, vendors and residents around the areas had contracted Covid-19. The virus had spread quickly and to an alarming degree, which prompted restrictive measures to be urgently put in place to contain it.
Chamkarmon district governor Theng Sothol has also decided to close Boeung Trabek Plaza for 14 days to contain the spread of the virus.
He called on vendors, security guards, employees and workers in the market and their families and customers who had been there after April 3 to get tested for Covid-19 at Boeung Trabek High School.
On April 19, the Phnom Penh Municipal Administration also announced the temporary closure of Phsar Daeum Kor, the capital's main vegetable market, after over 100 vendors and security guards there contracted Covid-19.
An earlier outbreak at Orussey Market led to 413 people testing positive for the virus, while at Phsar Chas Market 28 people were found with the virus.