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Lay priest Tith Ros, 79, performs a blessing ritual for pagoda visitors at Wat Nirouth on September 3, 2020. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Pagoda Visits OK, Should ‘Reduce’ Singing, Dancing for Khmer New Year

The Health Ministry is discouraging people from traveling to high-risk Covid-19 areas during the Khmer New Year and suggests reducing gatherings, drinking, dancing and singing, stopping short of banning festivities amid the country’s worst coronavirus outbreak to date.

Covid-19 precautions outside Phnom Penh’s Build Bright University on April 2, 2021. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

As Pandemic Keeps Campuses Shut, University Students Learn to Adapt

With schools shut nationwide for the third time since the start of the pandemic, and university enrollment down slightly last year, students say they have struggled with finances and months of online learning, with some deferring their studies or calling for tuition reductions.

Authorities close down bars on Street 308 in Phnom Penh's Tonle Bassac district on March 17, 2020, following government orders to shut a number of venues in an effort to limit the spread of the Covid-19 respiratory disease (Christopher Rompre)

8 PM to 5 AM Curfew in Effect in Phnom Penh for Two Weeks

Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng has announced an 8 p.m. curfew in the capital from Thursday through April 14 amid the country’s worst Covid-19 outbreak to date, ordering a halt to gatherings and road traffic at night.

A student from Bamboo International School in Phnom Penh heads home after his first day at school since Covid-19 closures in March, on October 1, 2020. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Schools Shut Nationwide as Active Covid-19 Cases Reach Record 725

UPDATED — All schools, technical training institutes and cinemas have been ordered closed nationwide by government institutions as health authorities announced 102 new Covid-19 cases this weekend, raising the number of active cases higher than they’ve ever been.