Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Theatres to reopen; Covid-19 recoveries rise

Theatres to reopen; Covid-19 recoveries rise

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Movie theatres were closed in March due to the pandemic. Hong Menea

Theatres to reopen; Covid-19 recoveries rise

Cambodia's cinemas and theatres will get the green light to reopen although no official date has been set, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts announced.

Movie theatres were closed in March. Before reopening, the owners of cinemas and theatres have to request a form and sign an agreement with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts promising to follow proper safety measures and standard operating principles, the announcement said.

The ministry said the goal is to alleviate the economic burden and encourage artistes.

While that is good news for theatre owners and workers, Covid-19 has re-emerged recently with a rash of new cases that have driven up the country’s total. But recoveries are also on the rise.

The Ministry of Health reported on Thursday that eight more people have recovered from Covid-19, bringing the total recovered to 210.

Thirty three remain hospitalised while the overall number of cases detected in Cambodia stands at 243.

Among those who were discharged from hospital on Thursday were five Cambodians, including three UN Blue helmets who contracted the disease in Mali and two who travelled from Indonesia.

All were allowed to leave Chak Angre Health Center after a negative result from a second test.

The other three recovered people were a 32-year-old Indian man who arrived from India and a 53-year-old Indonesian woman who arrived from Indonesia.

They were allowed to leave the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital after a negative result from the second test. Another was a senior US embassy official receiving medical treatment at the embassy.

The US Embassy posted on Facebook on Wednesday that altogether, four of its officials have tested positive for Covid-19 upon returning to Cambodia from the US.

The Ministry of Health reported that until July, almost all cases in Cambodia were imported from abroad through flights from Malaysia and Indonesia.

Meantime the two Cambodian men who returned to Cambodia from Malaysia on July 23 and escaped from quarantine in Prey Veng on Monday were ordered to be quarantined for an additional 14 days.

Prey Veng provincial deputy governor Chan Tha told The Post on Thursday that 13 people who had come into contact with the two have also been quarantined for 14 days.

“Those 13 people were not infected. As for the two men, we took their sample to test and the result will be out on Saturday,” said Chan Tha.

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday posted on his Facebook to again remind people to protect themselves from Covid-19 even if no one had died of it in Cambodia.


  • Hungarian exposes 90 to Covid in Siem Reap

    The Ministry of Health has discovered 90 people who have been exposed directly or indirectly to a Hungarian man infected with Covid-19. They all are required to quarantine at home and the hospital. The ministry is searching for other affected people. Among the 90, one is the

  • PM warns of ‘new Cold War’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said the possibility of a so-called new Cold War has become a significant concern and that all countries have to reject outright, any attempt to allow history to tragically repeat itself. He made the remarks in a speech during 75th Session

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • ‘Bad news is an investor’s best friend’ – unlocking investment potential in Cambodia

    It is time to shop. Economic woes provide good pickings for investors if they know where to look The poem If, written by English Nobel laureate poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling for his son circa 1895, is widely perceived as fatherly advice for John who would

  • PM requests Russia’s Covid vaccine

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has requested that Russia provide Cambodia with its Covid-19 vaccine after the former announced it planned on mass vaccinating its population next month. The request came on Thursday through the prime minister’s Facebook page as he met with Anatoly Borovik,

  • First ‘mobile kitchen’ in Cambodia enters service

    A catering company recently rolled out Cambodia’s first “mobile kitchen” – a $50,000 container capable of serving up to 200 people at a time. The kitchen is the brainchild of Seng Hok Heng Catering Services. At 4.4m-high, 6.8m-long and 2.4m-wide (expandable to 6.8m), the kitchen is equipped