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.
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There’s an extensive food court on the ground floor and the second floor, plus a modern entertainment complex, including a cinema, Dream Game, bowling, water park, and even a gym. Among the services at the mall, you’ll find an airline sales centre on the ground floor, as well as travel agencies, a pharmacy, a laundry store, ATM, and banks. You can tell that AEON MALL Cambodia is a top choice – the best shopping mall in Cambodia!
This is the first new confirmed case after more than five weeks of zero new case.
The new infection case was detected on a 26-year-old Cambodian man living in Kampong Tralach district, Kampot province. He arrived in Cambodia on May 20 from the Philippines via the Republic of Korea. He has now been admitted to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital for treatment.
The other 62 passengers on the same flight, including 23 Korean, a Belgian, a Taiwanese, a Dutch, three Japanese, and 33 Cambodians, have been put under a 14-day quarantine at a hotel in Phnom Penh.
With the new case, the total number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom rose to 123, including 52 Cambodians, 40 French, 13 Malaysians, five British, three Chinese, three Vietnamese, two Americans, two Indonesians, two Canadians, and one Belgian. Of them, 122 have been cured successfully.
Since the first case detected in Preah Sihanouk province in late January, the COVID-19 pandemic has so far hit 13 provinces and capital of Cambodia.
The Ministry did not reveal where the remaining passengers were being quarantined nor the circumstances under which he could have contracted the deadly virus.
The COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably disrupted most businesses across all types of industries, with a significant hit to the tourism and travel sector. Countries are practising different methods of control in an attempt to monitor and minimise the spread of the pandemic, whereby lockdowns and movement controls are mostly favoured. This action has put a pause to the global tourism sector because peoples’ movements are now restricted.
In Cambodia, 2,865 tourism businesses were stated as either suspended or closed. It is devastating to Cambodia’s economy because the tourism sector is among the key industries, alongside the garment and footwear sectors, which accounts for 80 per cent of the country’s exports. New Straits Times reports that Cambodia’s tourism sector contributes to 12.1 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product growth and employs up to 630,000 people. Workers involved in the Cambodian tourism sector will panic because of fear of unemployment, negatively affecting the economy and society, unless addressed immediately.
However, despite the closure of businesses in the tourism sector, in the second week of March, more than 190,000 Cambodian and international tourists were recorded visiting resorts and tourist sites in Cambodia. A clear sign, despite the inability of travelling beyond borders, people are still adamant about travelling. The question is, “Is it safe and sustainable?” Travelling is possible if each stakeholder is responsible. Tourists, local communities and every part of the tourism value chain have to play their roles in ensuring that public health is given priority, as advised by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Businesses such as hotels, guest houses, resorts, massage and spas, restaurants other tourism-related businesses can share their recommendations in order for the ministry to define the scale of the impact and come up with solutions after the crisis ends, said the ministry
Representatives from the Embassy of Vietnam have presented 4,000 antimicrobial face masks for the country’s detention centres to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Cambodia Wednesday.
Since the start of February, the ICRC in Cambodia has bolstered its support for the country’s General Department of Prisons’ efforts to curb the spread of the virus nationwide. The organisation has allocated close to $230,000 to assist those facilities around the country.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, ICRC Protection Coordinator in Cambodia, Chyngyz Rayimbekov underlined that the Embassy of Vietnam was among the first diplomatic offices in Cambodia to respond to the ICRC’s call.
The relief will contribute to the fight against the pandemic in Cambodia, he said, adding that the Vietnamese Government has also presented medical supplies to many countries, including the US and European nations.
General Department of Prisons Director-General Chan Kimseng noted that Vietnam has effectively brought the pandemic under control, been recognised as a model for handling the disease, and earned high public confidence.
The Embassy of Vietnam previously handed over a relief package of 60,000 masks and 300 protective suits from the Vietnam Red Cross Society to its Cambodian counterpart.
In early April, Ambassador Vu Quang Minh presented medical supplies, including test kits worth 7 billion VND (300,000 USD) from the Vietnamese Government and people to their Cambodian friends.
Cambodian government is seeking support from Russia to push the Cambodia- Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) free-trade agreement in order to expand trade volume and economic cooperation between Cambodia and the bloc.
The call was made during a meeting between Cambodia Ministry of Commerce’s Secretary of State Tek Reth Kamrong and Dmitry Tsvetkov, Russian ambassador to Cambodia.
Called ‘Runner’s Voice’, it is a digital storytelling project where Cambodian runners tell about their experiences on the track. The project was launched a few days ago and will conclude in December 2020.
A source with knowledge of the project said work on it is almost complete and they are looking at holding a soft opening in the next few weeks.
According to him, it is only the LED system at the track which needs to be finished.