February 23, 2021
A cashew farmer in Kampong Thom province (Hun Dimo/VOD)

Land Loss, Debt Rise Recorded in Latest Socio-Economic Survey

A national government survey of 10,000 households, released on Tuesday, shows increased debt burdens as well as fewer households owning land, more cultivation of fruits and nuts, and the disappearance of video tape recorders and radios.

Health Ministry spokesperson Or Vandine points at a coronavirus image at a press conference at the ministry on February 23, 2021. (VOD)

Buildings Locked Down as ‘February 20’ Cluster Expands

More than 20 further locations have been announced as linked to the new Covid-19 outbreak in the capital, with guards and management locking down buildings across Phnom Penh as the number of active coronavirus cases climbed to 118 as of Tuesday morning.

The road is barricaded in front of the Bridge high-rise building in Phnom Penh's Chamkarmorn district after a cluster of Covid-19 cases was announced on February 20, 2021. (Pete Ford)

Updated: One Covid-19 Patient at Large, Another Refused Hospitalization

Updated 10:15 a.m. — Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered all schools in Phnom Penh and Kandal province to close down for at least two weeks as the Health Ministry announced 25 more Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, including two who are not in hospital because they either could not be found or refused treatment, and three carrying the more contagious U.K. variant.