All Religious Gatherings Banned to Prevent Mass Spread of COVID-19

All kinds of religious gathering across the country need to be postponed starting from today, according to a letter of the Ministry of Health to the cults and religious affairs minister and municipal and provincial governors, released this evening.

The move is aimed to prevent the mass spread of the deadly COVID-19 in Cambodia as the number of confirmed cases increased doubly today, to 24.

The letter signed by H.E. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health, stated that with the agreement in principle from Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, all mass gatherings for religious purposes throughout the country are required to be suspended from Mar. 17, 2020 until the COVID-19 situation gets better.

Earlier on the same day, Cambodia decided to close all KTVs and cinemas in an effort to contain the COVID-19 contamination.

Of the 24 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Cambodia, 16 are Cambodians, 3 British, 2 French, a Canadian, a Belgian, and a Chinese who has already recovered. 7 cases have been found in Phnom Penh, 4 in Battambang, 3 in Kampong Cham, 2 each in Preah Vihear, Banteay Meanchey and Kampong Chhnang provinces, and 1 each in Preah Sihanouk, Siem Reap, Kampot and Thbong Khmum provinces.

All confirmed cases in Cambodia are imported cases, except the one in Siem Reap who was in direct contact with a Japanese infected man, underlined the Ministry of Health.

According to World Health Organisation, there are now 168.019 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 6,610 fatal cases in 148 countries and territories.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press