Samoeun Nicseybon
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.”

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.