Covid-19 Milestones
Students at Phnom Penh’s Chea Sim Boeng Keng Kang High School on November 9, 2020. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Phnom Penh to Reopen Secondary Schools on September 15

Phnom Penh City Hall announced Thursday it will allow public and private secondary schools to reopen starting Wednesday, September 15, potentially ending nearly 18 months of on-and-off schooling for the capital’s students.

People queue for vaccines on the street in front of Phnom Penh's Stung Meanchey primary school on May 11, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Phnom Penh Vaccinations to Be Finished This Month: Health Ministry

Phnom Penh’s vaccination campaign will be finished this month as progress has been faster than planned, the Health Ministry said, with districts reporting vaccination rates that project to more than half of their populations having received first doses on average.

People walk near Independence Monument in Phnom Penh on March 26, 2020. (Matt Surrusco/VOD)

Red Zones Lifted as Capital’s Covid-19 Cases Dip

Phnom Penh’s “red zones,” the areas of the capital with the most restrictive Covid-19 lockdown measures, were removed effective Thursday, leaving most of the city in yellow-designated areas with about a dozen “orange” pockets remaining.

Toul Tom Poung market around 6:30 p.m. on April 14, 2021. (Huy Ousa/VOD)

Updated: Hun Sen Officially Declares Lockdown of Phnom Penh

UPDATED 8:56 a.m. — Phnom Penh residents are restricted from leaving their homes except to buy food three times a week or for work and emergencies, and business activities must be curtailed except for those that provide for “daily needs” or are conducted online, Prime Minister Hun Sen declared just before midnight.

Health Ministry spokesperson Or Vandine points at a coronavirus image at a press conference at the ministry on February 23, 2021. (VOD)

Buildings Locked Down as ‘February 20’ Cluster Expands

More than 20 further locations have been announced as linked to the new Covid-19 outbreak in the capital, with guards and management locking down buildings across Phnom Penh as the number of active coronavirus cases climbed to 118 as of Tuesday morning.

Health officials disinfect playground equipment at the Canadian International School in Phnom Penh on March 14, 2020, in this photograph posted to the Education Ministry's Facebook page.

Schools Shut, Travel Advisory Issued as Covid-19 Cases Reach 12

The government on Monday ordered all schools shut nationwide until further notice, and advised citizens not to travel to several countries due to coronavirus fears, as Cambodia reported five more Covid-19 cases over the weekend, all people who recently entered the country from abroad.

Holland America Line’s Westerdam cruise ship docks at the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port on February 13, 2020 (Panha Chorpoan/VOD)

Cruise Ship Cast Out Over Virus Fears Docks at Sihanoukville

A luxury cruise ship that was turned away by other Asian nations due to fears of coronavirus docked at Cambodia’s Sihanoukville port Thursday evening, with passengers required to undergo health checks before they can disembark, officials said.

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First Coronavirus Case in Cambodia Confirmed

UPDATED 8:41 p.m. — The 60-year-old man flew from Wuhan city to Cambodia on January 23 and developed a fever and runny nose on Saturday, ministry spokesman Ly Sovann told VOD in a message.