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Covid cluster at BKK shuts down market

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Residents of Boeung Keng Kang market area get tested for Covid-19 at Boeung Keng Kang high school on Monday. Hean Rangsey

Covid cluster at BKK shuts down market

The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration announced that it would shut down Boeung Keng Kang market in Boeung Keng Kang district for 14 days, effective June 29 through July 12.

The move came after nearly 200 out of the nearly 900 people living in the area around the market tested positive for Covid-19.

In the announcement dated June 28, municipal governor Khuong Sreng instructed market security guards, vendors, and those who visited or shopped at the market recently to immediately report for testing and place themselves in quarantine, strictly following Ministry of Health guidelines.

“Boeung Keng Kang district administration will work with the municipal health department and relevant authorities to regularly review the administrative measures and inspect the security, safety and public order there during the closure,” Sreng said, adding that those who violated the administrative measures will face fines and legal action.

The market’s manager, Ek Ninol, told The Post that 193 out of 891 people including vendors had tested positive. The district administration called on those who went to the market between June 21-26 to immediately come forward and get tested.

In a statement released on June 28, Boeung Keng Kang district governor Thim Sam An said those who went to the market during the period must get tested at Chea Sim Boeung Keng Kang high school immediately and strictly follow all Covid-19 preventive measures.

Those who have tested positive have been taken to the Koh Pich treatment facility for isolation and medical care.


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