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Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto shakes hands with Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon at a signing ceremony in Phnom Penh on November 3, 2020, as Prime Minister Hun Sen and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn look on, in this photograph posted to Hun Sen's Facebook page.

Opinion: After Szijjarto, What’s Next for Cambodia’s Covid-19 Response?

After a visit by Hungary’s foreign minister, his shirking of health protocols and subsequent renewed Covid-19 closures and quarantines, the initial public fury has had time to settle. Now, we need to focus on testing, transparency and taking precautions seriously, writes Matt Surrusco.

Doung Dara, an assistant to Prime Minister Hun Sen, (seated, in white shirt) meets with people in Kampot province on November 6, 2020, in this photograph posted to his Facebook page.

PM’s Assistant Asks ‘What Did I Do Wrong?’ After Dozens Quarantined

An assistant to Prime Minister Hun Sen told a local media outlet that he didn’t know he was supposed to be in quarantine as he visited coastal areas — causing dozens to go into quarantine — despite being an indirect contact to a visiting diplomat who tested positive for Covid-19 after leaving the country.

Cambodian Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn greets his Hungarian counterpart, Peter Szijjarto, in front of several camera operators during Szijjarto's visit in Phnom Penh on November 3, 2020.

Foreign Minister Defends Szijjarto, Citing Hungary’s Support on EBA

Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn on Thursday defended his Hungarian counterpart — noting Hungary’s past political support — amid an online backlash against the foreign diplomat after his visit to Cambodia last week spurred renewed Covid-19 closures and some 1,700 people being tested and quarantined.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto and European counterparts during a video conference call posted to his Facebook page on November 6, 2020.

Hungarian Minister Shares Laughs About Cambodia Trip From Quarantine

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto shared some laughs with his counterparts in Austria and Slovenia last week about his recent visit to Cambodia, which has triggered renewed Covid-19 closures in the country, and the quarantine and testing of more than 1,000 people, including Prime Minister Hun Sen.

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Three More Found With Covid-19 in Second Tests After Hungarian Visit

Three more people have tested positive for Covid-19 as a result of a second round of testing today so far, the Health Ministry said — CPP lawmaker Sous Yara, Agriculture Ministry deputy secretary-general Sar Chetra and Hungary’s ambassador to Vietnam and Cambodia.

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, Movie Theaters to Be Temporarily Closed as Covid-19 Precaution

All schools in Phnom Penh and towns in Kandal province are being closed for two weeks, while KTVs, movie theaters and museums will be shuttered across the country till further notice, after a Cambodian man who worked directly with a visiting Hungarian foreign minister was found positive for Covid-19 on his second test on Saturday.