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National Assembly President Heng Samrin, center, raises his hand at the National Assembly on March 5, 2021, in this photograph posted to his Facebook page.

Hotel Guards Out of Quarantine as ‘Draconian’ Covid-19 Law Advances

A Covid-19 law with penalties up to 20 years in jail for intentionally spreading the disease was passed by the National Assembly on Friday and heads to the Senate, as two hotel security guards accused of allowing people to leave quarantine finished their own two-week isolation and were detained by National Police.

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Infographic: Cambodia’s Covid-19 Vaccines

Cambodia has rolled out two Covid-19 vaccines, each requiring two doses, with an about 80 percent efficacy rate in trials. From WHO approval to age eligibility and efficacy against new variants, here’s how the Sinopharm and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines compare.

People wait in line for Covid-19 testing after a new cluster emerged at Phnom Penh's Chak Angre Health Center on February 22, 2021. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

65 New Covid-19 Cases Announced Amid Cluster’s Spread

Sixty-five more cases of Covid-19 were announced Thursday morning, including 58 directly linked to the “community spread” of the February 20 cluster, and six other Chinese nationals who tested positive in Sihanoukville while looking to travel home.

Monks at a pagoda in Phnom Penh hold a dog as it receives the rabies vaccine during a vaccination drive conducted by Animal Rescue Cambodia staff. (Andy Ball/VOD)

Can Cambodia Eradicate the World’s Most Fatal Disease?

Each year, hundreds of people in Cambodia are estimated to die of rabies, which is treatable but fatal once symptoms present. Animal welfare and health experts say vaccinating the nation’s dogs and controlling the dog meat trade could help prevent deaths.

Poipet City authorities and doctors visit chikungunya patients at the Poipet Referral Hospital, in a photograph posted to Poipet City Hall’s Facebook page in June 2020.

Some 1,500 Contract Chikungunya Across 15 Provinces, Ministry Says

Almost 1,500 people have tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness chikungunya fever in more than half of the nation’s provinces, the Health Ministry said, with officials instructing local authorities to get rid of mosquito breeding areas.

Kantha Bopha Children's Hospital in Phnom Penh in 2019 (VOD)

Dengue Cases Drop in First Half of 2020 Following Cyclical Peak

The Health Ministry reported a sharp decline in dengue and malaria cases in the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2019, with health professionals attributing the relative drop in dengue cases to a lull following a cyclical peak last year.

People in the lobby area of the Phnom Penh International Airport on March 11, 2020 (VOD)

Foreign Visitors to Be Charged for Covid-19 Testing, Quarantine Fees

Foreign travelers may be required to pay more than $1,000 for Covid-19 testing, treatment and quarantine fees upon arriving in Cambodia, a departure from Prime Minister Hun Sen’s earlier vow to treat foreigners infected with the virus for free in state health facilities.

A motorbike driver waits for customers outside the Health Ministry in Phnom Penh on March 19, 2020. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Ministry Urges Covid-19 Precautions as Restaurants Reopen

The Health Ministry on Monday warned citizens to follow hygienic practices and avoid restaurants that fail to take precautions against the spread of Covid-19 as Cambodia nears a month without identifying a single new coronavirus infection.