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Gov't mulls extension of Phnom Penh, Takmao lockdown

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The Phnom Penh municipality decided to temporarily close the Chbar Ampov market on April 24. YOUSOS APDOULRASHIM

Gov't mulls extension of Phnom Penh, Takmao lockdown

The Inter-ministerial National Commission for the Control and Enforcement of Lockdown held a video conference meeting on April 25 to review a draft document on the extension of lockdown in Phnom Penh and adjacent Kandal province’s Takmao town.

The meeting was chaired by Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth in the presence of National Police chief Neth Savoeun and senior officials from relevant institutions, according to the National Police website .

“[National Police chief] Neth Savoeun ... attended the inter-ministerial meeting to review a decision on the extension of lockdown for Phnom Penh and Takmao twon in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19,” it said without elaborating on the duration of the possible extension.

Neither Ministry of Interior spokesman Khieu Sopheak nor National Police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun could be reached for comment.

Finance ministry spokesman Kim Sopheak and Meas Soksesan were not immediately available for comment.

The current 14-day lockdown is effective through April 28. According to a draft document seen by The Post on April 26, the extension, if approved, would last until May 5.

Such a decision would see lockdown areas in the capital and Takmao designated as Red Zone, Dark Yellow Zone, and Yellow Zone.

A red zone is considered to be at highest risks of Covid-19 transmission and will remain under tight control. A dark yellow zone is moderate and a yellow zone is at lowest risks.

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