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Flights from Indonesia, Malaysia cancelled

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Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said the possibility of community transmission cannot be overlooked and that people need to protect themselves, particularly during the upcoming holidays next month. Heng Chivoan

Flights from Indonesia, Malaysia cancelled

A Ministry of Health official has warned of the possibility of Covid-19 spreading through community transmission after the total infected cases in the Kingdom rose to 225.

Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told reporters on Saturday that the possibility of community transmission cannot be overlooked and that people need to protect themselves, particularly during the upcoming holidays next month.

“All revellers, please take extreme precautions as the risk of Covid-19 transmission is potentially present everywhere and at all times. Don’t get careless and don’t let your guard down even for an instant,” she said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Hun Sen said via Facebook on Sunday that flights from Malaysia and Indonesia are temporarily cancelled because the virus has largely been imported by passengers on flights from those countries.

“Don’t underestimate Covid-19 – this serious respiratory disease is one of the gravest and devastating ones and no medicine cures it yet,” he said.

On Saturday, the ministry issued a letter confirming that Cambodia had decided to temporarily suspend the flights starting on August 1.

“From August to September our country will observe many national holidays. Hence, we must pay heed to preventive measures to minimise the spread of Covid-19,” it said.

Cambodia announced 26 new cases on July 20. They involved 25 passengers travelling from Egypt and Russia through Malaysia. Twenty-three more cases were confirmed on Saturday from Malaysia and Indonesia.

Although the latest cases were found in the Kingdom’s migrant workers and students, Hun Sen said last week that the government would not forbid Cambodians from returning home.

State Secretariat of Civil Aviation spokesman Chea Aun told The Post on Sunday that the cancellation of inbound flights from Malaysia and Indonesia will not affect the economy as most of the passengers are Cambodian migrant workers and students.

He said there are only one or two flights from Malaysia and Indonesia a week and most planes that land at the Phnom Penh International Airport were from China and South Korea.

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