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Goods trucks pass a quarantine center to cross the Thai border into Cambodia at Poipet. (Ananth Baliga/VOD)

Fines for Escaping Covid-19 Quarantine Raised From $250 to $1,250

The government raised fines for people escaping quarantine from 1 million to 5 million riel, and for private health facilities failing to notify authorities about evaders from 10 million to 50 million riel, or about $250 to $1,250 and $2,500 to $12,500, respectively.

Goods trucks pass a quarantine center to cross the Thai border into Cambodia at Poipet. (Ananth Baliga/VOD)

Second Head Trauma-Related Covid-19 Quarantine Death Announced

A man returning from Thailand and about to be taken into Covid-19 quarantine slipped and hit his head while peeing, had two beers, then died in hospital on Monday, the second quarantine- and head trauma-related death announced by authorities over the past year.

Victims of an alleged Korean language school scam and family members stand outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after a hearing on January 12, 2021. (Va Sopheanut/VOD)

Training Center Directors on Trial After Falsely Promising Jobs in Korea

Two Korean language training school directors stood trial on Tuesday over charges of fraud — involving dozens of workers who each lost thousands of dollars — by falsely promising to send them to work in South Korea. Some were never sent, while others were sent to Dubai instead, the court heard.

Workers gather outside the GFN chicken factory in Thailand’s Chon Buri province on November 11, 2020, in a photo posted to the Facebook page of labor rights group Central.

Thai Factory Agrees to Demands After Cambodian Workers’ Protest

A Thai chicken factory has agreed to demands related to overtime and allowing migrant workers to leave its compound to buy food following last week’s protest by hundreds of Cambodian laborers, the factory’s management and a labor group said.