The Preah Vihear Provincial Administration has designated Choam Ksant district as a red zone for two weeks effective through September 3, after cases of the coronavirus Delta variant were detected there.

Provincial governor Prak Sovann said residents in the red zone are not allowed to leave without permission from the authority.

“Markets, eateries and food stalls, grocery stores, alcohol sale, non-essential businesses and occupations in the red zone must be suspended,” he said.

Separately, Ratanakkiri provincial governor Thong Savun has decided to temporarily lock down three locations in Andoung Meas district until further notice. The decision came after some people there tested positive for Covid-19.

Savun instructed Andoung Meas district governor to cordon off the four locations, barring entry and exit, and urged those who had been in direct and indirect contact with the infected persons to test for the disease and quarantine.