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Lettuce Rots as Markets Shut Down, Farmers Say

Some vegetable growers in Kandal province say their produce is rotting in their fields as Phnom Penh markets are shut down for the Covid-19 lockdown and traders face a crackdown by continuing to sell in violation of public health measures.

Deum Ampil market in Phnom Penh’s Boeng Keng Kang district on April 19, 2021, in a photo posted to Facebook by the Health Ministry.

Vegetable Sales Shift, Go Underground as Over a Dozen Markets Shut Down

Vegetable sales in Stung Meanchey, now declared a “red zone,” was happening secretly in houses, sellers said, while a commune chief said he was cracking down on the 60 Meter wholesale trade, confiscating carts and taking “serious action” to prevent public disorder.

A courtroom equipped with transparent screen as Covid-19 precautions, in a photo posted to Justice Ministry official Kim Santepheap’s Facebook page on April 16, 2021.

Covid-19 Arrests: Parties, Not Wearing Masks, Smuggling on Ambulances

Five people have been sentenced to one year in prison in Kampong Cham and Takeo provinces for violating the Covid-19 Law after drinking in groups against public health protocols, amid a slew of arrests across the country for parties, illegal travel, not wearing masks and breaking curfew.

A road closure during the Covid-19 lockdown near Phnom Penh's Olympic Market on April 15, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Commune Authorities Look to Enforce Tightening Lockdown Requirements

Local-level authorities are navigating the enforcement of Phnom Penh and Takhmao city’s tightening lockdown rules amid an ongoing Covid-19 surge, saying commuters need permits but delivery drivers do not, and limited outdoor exercise is being allowed while preserving safety.