More than 100 hotels and guesthouses in Siem Reap province permanently ceased operations while 230 others announced indefinite suspensions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the provincial hall revealed yesterday.
Interior Minister Sar Kheng said the government remains firm in its position on the strict implementation of the Road Traffic Law in order to protect the lives and welfare of the people.
Mr Kheng, who is also head of the National Road Safety Committee, said this during the appointment ceremony for the new Kep provincial governor at Kep provincial hall on Friday.
Prime Minister Hun Sen has given his message on the occasion of the 71st anniversary of International Children’s Day and Cambodian Children’s Day on the same date of June 1 and the 19th anniversary of the World Day against Child Labour on June 12 as part of recognizing the important role of children in the society.
The Ministry of Health has warned the public of the likely increase in dengue fever cases in the coming weeks due to the onset of the rainy season.
“There are 2,172 dengue fever cases reported in the Kingdom during the first quarter of this year. This figure may see a possible surge in the next few weeks, especially in the rural areas,” it said.
Prime Minister Hun Sen has once again appealed to the people to increase their vigilance in order to prevent the second wave of COVID-19 infections even though the number of confirmed cases in Cambodia is small.
The Cambodian Premier made the appeal in a message posted on his official Facebook.
Japan International Coopera- tion Agency (JICA), in cooperation with Phnom Penh City Bus (PPCB) Administration and PPCB Authority, said yesterday they are implementing virus prevention measures and training staff to minimise the risk of virus infections for bus drivers and passengers once operations resume.
The PPCB Authority also said it is planning to impose regulations permitting a maximum of 20 passengers per bus in order to adhere to distancing guidelines.
However, Ean Sokhim, director of PPCB, said the bus authority did not know when exactly the government would allow operations to resume.
“We are ready to open the bus routes again and are training our staff and drivers in order to keep them and passengers safe from COVID-19,” he said.
“Our authority has prepared alcohol-based sanitisers, masks, temperature-checking devices and altered seating arrangements as part of the effort.
“Before, we allowed 40 passengers in one bus, but now we will allow only 20 in order to comply with distancing guidelines advised by the Ministry of Health. We will also make it a requirement that passengers wear a mask when using our services,” he said.
He also thanked JICA for providing training and protective equipment.
Buses are put on standby at a Phnom Penh City Bus terminal.
A JICA press release said prior to COVID-19, improvements to the bus network and services saw the number of passengers increased significantly from 7,000 passengers per day in 2017 to nearly 30,000 in 2019.
It said that in order to resume operations, it will be dedicated to implementing measures that ensure safety.
“PPBC Administration, the PPBC Authority and JICA are committed to designing and implementing a City Bus operational plan, with a slogan ‘zero COVID-19 infections from bus drivers and passengers’ while also organising hygiene and prevention training for over 600 staff.
“The training will benefit present bus drivers and passengers, ensuring the safest possible experience,” JICA said.
A statement signed by Health Minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the Inter-Ministerial Commission for Combating COVID-19, said Prime Minister Hun Sen approved a request made by Health and Foreign Affairs Ministries to lift the entry bans.
The Cambodian Government’s announcement that it will soon lift the ban on sports activities has mostly drawn a positive response from various sports federations in the Kingdom.
With the coronavirus pandemic under control, the Government here declared over the weekend that sports activities will be allowed to resume starting next month on the condition that fans will not be allowed courtside and with strict preventive measures in place.
“This is the news that everyone who loves sports has been waiting for,” Yusuke Shinoda, general manager of Angkor Tiger football club, said. Angkor Tiger FC is one of the teams playing in the Metfone Cambodian League (MCL), the Kingdom’s leading football league.
After 38 days of COVID-19 free days, the sterling run was broken with two Cambodian nationals being tested positive for the deadly virus on Thursday and Friday, after returning from abroad. This brought the total number of COVID-19 positive cases to 124, although the Cambodians remain the two active cases.
All others have been discharged gradually from various hospitals and referral centres in the country. The virus had infected people in 13 provinces and the Cambodian Ministry of Health is convinced, probably rightly so, that most of the cases are imported.
However, along the sidelines, observers, both in the know and in closed circles, are debating the figures provided by the Ministry and its statistics.