Cambodia's cinemas and theatres will get the green light to reopen although no official date has been set, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts announced.
Movie theatres were closed in March. Before reopening, the owners of cinemas and theatres have to request a form and sign an agreement with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts promising to follow proper safety measures and standard operating principles, the announcement said.
The ministry said the goal is to alleviate the economic burden and encourage artistes.
While that is good news for theatre owners and workers, Covid-19 has re-emerged recently with a rash of new cases that have driven up the country’s total. But recoveries are also on the rise.
The Ministry of Health reported on Thursday that eight more people have recovered from Covid-19, bringing the total recovered to 210.
Thirty three remain hospitalised while the overall number of cases detected in Cambodia stands at 243.
Among those who were discharged from hospital on Thursday were five Cambodians, including three UN Blue helmets who contracted the disease in Mali and two who travelled from Indonesia.
All were allowed to leave Chak Angre Health Center after a negative result from a second test.
The other three recovered people were a 32-year-old Indian man who arrived from India and a 53-year-old Indonesian woman who arrived from Indonesia.
They were allowed to leave the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital after a negative result from the second test. Another was a senior US embassy official receiving medical treatment at the embassy.
The US Embassy posted on Facebook on Wednesday that altogether, four of its officials have tested positive for Covid-19 upon returning to Cambodia from the US.
The Ministry of Health reported that until July, almost all cases in Cambodia were imported from abroad through flights from Malaysia and Indonesia.
Meantime the two Cambodian men who returned to Cambodia from Malaysia on July 23 and escaped from quarantine in Prey Veng on Monday were ordered to be quarantined for an additional 14 days.
Prey Veng provincial deputy governor Chan Tha told The Post on Thursday that 13 people who had come into contact with the two have also been quarantined for 14 days.
“Those 13 people were not infected. As for the two men, we took their sample to test and the result will be out on Saturday,” said Chan Tha.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday posted on his Facebook to again remind people to protect themselves from Covid-19 even if no one had died of it in Cambodia.