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Four provinces extend Covid restrictions

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Four provinces extend Covid restrictions

Even as the government lifted Covid-19 restrictions in most parts of the country on August 19, at least four provinces have decided to extend the measures for another week in a bid to contain the highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant.

The provinces – Kampong Cham, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey and Svay Rieng – will continue to enforce the measures through August 26.

“The 9pm-3am curfew will remain in place. All travels are banned except out of necessity or in emergency or with permission from authorities,” Banteay Meanchey governor Um Reatrey said in a notice.

Kampong Cham provincial governor Un Chanda also instructed authorities to take all necessary measures to prevent Delta spreading. They can assess risks and designate certain areas as yellow or red zones and place them in lockdown.

The four provinces completely ban large gatherings including weddings, parties, religious rites and private gathering of more than 10 people. Sales of all kinds of alcoholic drinks are also prohibited.

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