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Gov't assists families hit by Covid

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Local officials set up barricades in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district on April 10, 2021. Hean Rangsey

Gov't assists families hit by Covid

The government will cover utility bills for families whose member died to Covid-19 positive with the disease and those under quarantine. This support only applies for all cases linked to the February community event.

“I issue this intervention to help the families who have their member deceased from the Covid-19. The government will pay on their behalf on water and electricity use for five months. For the family with member tested positive, the state will pay for them for three months, effective from the date when the authority confirm the case,” Hun Sen said.

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced these support today during his national address to the nation after the covid-19 cases spiked in the last two days which prompted authorities to lock down some parts in the capital.

He said currently, the government provides 100kg of rice and 10 million riel for each family who lost their member.

For the families who are under quarantine in the lockdown area, they also receive the government intervention with 300,000 riel, two month payment for water and electricity use, 25 kilograms rice, 20 canned fish, and a case of instant noodle.

The family nearby the lockdown areas will also receive 300,000 riel, and two month water and electricity free use. But he urged the better-off family to reject the government support in order for it to be turned to other poor families.

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