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Sihanoukville placed in two-week lockdown

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Preah Sihanouk provincial governor designated Village I, II, III, IV and V in Commune IV as Red Zones, where residents are strictly prohibited from leaving their homes. Photo supplied

Sihanoukville placed in two-week lockdown

Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Kuch Chamroeun has decided to place the country's main coastal tourist attraction in lockdown for two weeks to curb the spread of Covid-19 there, with 81 infections reported on April 22 alone.

"Sihanoukville, one of the main Covid-19 hotspots, is put in lockdown for 14 days, effective April 23 midnight through May 6," Chamroeun said in an announcement dated April 22.

During the lockdown, non-essential travel — save for medical reasons or other emergencies — and businesses are prohibited. Gathering is banned except among household members in the same home, medical staff collecting samples for Covid-19 testing and funeral rites permitted by the local authorities.

The governor also designated Village I, II, III, IV and V in Commune IV as Red Zones, where residents are strictly prohibited from leaving their homes.

Preah Sihanouk province had recorded a total of 1,077 Covid-19 cases as of the morning of April 23 – ranking second after Phnom Penh – with 524 receiving ongoing treatment and two fatalities, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

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