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Representatives from the Health Ministry, World Health Organization and Pasteur Institute seated during a press conference in Phnom Penh on April 20, 2020 (Saut Sok Prathna/VOD)

Ministry Told to Test More After Week of No New Covid-19 Cases

After more than a week of no new Covid-19 cases reported in the country, the World Health Organization’s representative said the Health Ministry had been advised to increase testing and contact tracing while Cambodia was still in an early stage of the global pandemic.

Health Minister Mam Bunheng discusses the spread of Covid-19 during a press conference on April 13, 2020. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Health Ministry, WHO Warn of Possible Community Virus Transmission

While most of Cambodia’s Covid-19 infections have been linked to foreign travel, the Health Ministry and World Health Organization have warned that the country could face community transmission and localized outbreaks, especially if authorities are not able to trace the virus’s spread.

National Assembly President Heng Samrin gestures at the National Assembly on April 10, 2020, in this photograph posted to his Facebook page.

National Assembly Approves State of Emergency Draft Law

The National Assembly on Friday passed a sweeping state of emergency draft law, which rights advocates say is ripe for abuse, as the number of Covid-19 cases in the country has slowly, but steadily risen since last month.

People cross the border as security forces monitor at the Poipet international border checkpoint on November 9, 2019. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Government Restricts Movement Outside Phnom Penh Due to Covid-19

The government on Thursday issued a one-week ban on civilian travel in and out of Phnom Penh, and between districts outside the capital, effective at midnight and aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19, according to an order from Prime Minister Hun Sen.