Michael Dickison
People who have recovered from Covid-19 in Preah Sihanouk province wait to return home after being discharged from quarantine, in a photo posted to the provincial administration's Facebook page on May 13, 2021.

Covid-19 Cases Decline in Former Epicenters, Provincial Disclosures Uneven

Just over a week after Phnom Penh began a widespread easing of Covid-19 restrictions, Preah Sihanouk province has lifted red zones, Prey Veng is publishing photos of people who tested positive with Covid-19, and some provinces appear not to be releasing new infection numbers at all.

A gold bar (Bullion Vault/Flickr)

Cambodia’s Gold Exports Balloon to $3 Billion

Gold exports through “private transactions” jumped some 676 percent, from $388 million to $3 billion last year, with some attributing the surge to investors selling their holdings due to a price rise, and others suggesting a potential link to gold smuggling to Vietnam.

Traffic builds up at a roadblock outside Phnom Penh’s Stung Meanchey II commune on April 10, 2021. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

8,000 Active Cases, a Record Daily Increase: Another Tough Week

Phnom Penh continues to see the bulk of new cases: 2,934 were announced in the past week. And Pur Senchey and Meanchey districts remain the worst-hit areas in the capital, recording 852 and 656 new cases for the week, according to City Hall data compiled by VOD.

Traffic builds up at a roadblock at Phnom Penh’s Stung Meanchey II commune on April 10, 2021. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

‘February 20’ Cluster in Numbers: 7,600 and Climbing

Phnom Penh has been at the center of the recent Covid-19 outbreak, reporting more than 2,000 cases in the past week, according to Phnom Penh City Hall data. The outbreak has spread rapidly through the city’s markets and factories — leading to the country’s first lockdown and the creation of “red zones.”

WHO's Cambodia representative Li Ailan in 2020. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

Cambodia ‘on the Brink of a National Tragedy’: WHO

Covid-19 has been spreading through Phnom Penh restaurants, markets, small businesses, private gatherings and parties, and Cambodia stands “on the brink of a national tragedy” unless the outbreak is stopped, the World Health Organization said in a statement issued Saturday.

Guards spray alcohol sanitizer near motorbike parking at Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, which was a temporary Covid-19 testing center on December 8, 2020. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

‘There Will Be More of These Surges,’ WHO Warns Region

Increasing travel by people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, the emergence of new Covid-19 variants, and a global vaccine shortage are among factors that are prolonging the pandemic and will lead to further coronavirus outbreaks in the region, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.