At least three provinces have extended administrative measures and lockdowns with some markets, factories and restaurants ordered to remain closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
In Kampong Cham province, governor Un Chanda ordered the suspension of two factories – Hwa Long Co Ltd and Out Sold Industry Co Ltd – in Chheu Teal village in Cheung Prey district’s Phdav Chum commune for 14 days from May 31 to June 13 after workers there tested positive for Covid-19.
Chanda told The Post on May 31 that the suspension was imposed after 20 workers had tested positive for the virus and specialists continued to test those who had been in contact with them.
“We completely shut them down. We’ve kept those who had been in close contact with Covid-19 positive workers at our quarantine centres and allowed those who had been in direct contact with them to self-quarantine in their houses and do a follow-up under observation by local authorities,” he said.
Chanda said that as of May 30, the province had 700 confirmed cases and two deaths.
In Siem Reap province, governor Tea Seyha has temporarily closed down the Kralanh Market in Kampong Thkov II village in Kralanh district’s Kampong Thkov commune for 14 days from May 30 to June 12.
The market was determined as a Covid-19 hotspot and linked to several known infections.
“This measure aims to ensure the effective control of infections from the affected location and to prevent the virus from spreading to other areas,” he said.
Siem Reap provincial information department director Liv Sokhon said on May 31 that the shutdown was ordered after Covid-19 positive individuals were known to have entered the market on May 29.
“We need to temporarily close this market to avert a more widespread outbreak of infections and in order to break the transmission chain of the disease,” he said.
He added that currently the province had yet to divide any of its districts or communes into colour-coded zones and had instead relied on more targeted closure measures.
“Before the Kralanh Market closure, we also closed down Samaki Market because vendors there tested positive for Covid-19,” he said.
He noted that after Kralanh Market was closed, medical workers had taken throat swabs to check for infections but the results came back negative. As of May 30, Siem Reap had 119 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with two deaths.
In Preah Sihanouk province, the authorities also suspended the operations of Kao Lo Chiv restaurant at Otres Beach in Village VI in Sihanoukville’s Commune V for 14 days from May 31 and has now turned it into a quarantine centre.
“The emergency response team of the provincial health department took samples from the staff of Kao Lo Chiv restaurant for testing and they came back positive for Covid-19,” provincial governor Kouch Chamroeun said in a notice.