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Preah Sihanouk keeps 3 factories shut

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The Preah Sihanouk provincial governor and officials during an inspection. Preah Sihanouk Administration

Preah Sihanouk keeps 3 factories shut

The Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities have temporarily suspended the operations of three factories in two special economic zones for another week from May 26 to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Two of the factories – Cambodian Everwin Express and Prowood (Cambodia) Flowering – are located in the Preah Sihanouk Special Economic Zone on National Road 4 in Prey Nop district’s Bit Traing commune.

The other factory is Xie Cheang Home Furnishings, located in the Jejiang Gorji Special Economic Zone on National Road 4 in Prey Nop district’s Choeung Kor commune.

In a decision dated May 25, the provincial administration said it had found positive cases after suspending the factories prior to the extension to collect samples for Covid-19 testing.

“According to the working group of the provincial Department of Labour and Vocational Training, there are still people who have been in contact with Covid-19 patients in the factory,” it said.

On May 24, the provincial administration also temporarily suspended the operation of the Sismed Cambodia Healthcare product factory located in the Preah Sihanouk Special Economic Zone from May 25 after more workers tested positive for Covid-19.

Provincial hall spokesman Kheang Phearum told The Post on May 26 that the working group continued to collect specimens of workers who had been exposed to Covid-19.

In neighbouring Koh Kong province, the authorities on May 25 temporarily closed a number of tourist attractions including Nesat Beach and Kong Kang Beach in Chroy Svay commune; Koh Khyang in Chi Khor Krom commune; Stung Popok in Sre Ambel district’s Dang Peng commune; and Chi Phat community-based ecotourism site in Thma Bang district’s Chi Phat commune.

In a decision dated May 25, the administration said the areas had been determined as Covid-19 hotspots. The decision takes effect from May 26 until further notice.

“Taxis are banned from transporting people to and from Sre Ambel district for a week, while truck drivers and their assisatants will need to undergo rapid test for Covid-19 regularly and will not be allowed to enter the market,” it said.

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