35,231 Violators of Curfew, Covid-19 Restrictions in Three Weeks: Justice

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Police checkpoints are monitoring traffic across the country as authorities struggle to enforce a nationwide travel ban to curb the spread of Covid-19 (National Police)

More than 35,000 people were stopped for violations of curfews and other Covid-19 measures during three weeks of restrictions that ended last week, the Justice Ministry said.

In an online post on Sunday, ministry spokesperson Kim Santepheap said 33,844 of 35,231 violators were simply reprimanded and released; 1,292 were fined; and 95 sent to court.

The fines totaled 722 million riel, or about $181,000, which works out to about $140 per person fined. Some 219 of the total violators were foreigners, Santepheap said.

Five businesses were shut down, while 5,981 cars and 9,261 motorbikes were stopped during the three weeks for violations, he added.

The restrictions were brought into force on July 29 as a precaution against the spread of the Delta variant. Thailand has seen a surge of nearly 20,000 cases a day in recent weeks due to Delta, though case numbers have slightly eased off in the past several days.

Cambodia’s border to Thailand was closed for two weeks as border provinces prepared new treatment and quarantine centers for returnees, many of whom say they are struggling with joblessness due to the outbreak.

Case numbers in Cambodia have been mostly stable at around 500 cases a day.

According to the Health Ministry, as of Sunday, nearly 1,000 Delta infections have been identified in Cambodia.

(Translated and edited from the original article on VOD Khmer)

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