Dancing Clubs and Museums Also Required to Close Down

AKP Phnom Penh, March 17, 2020 —

Dancing clubs, pubs and museums throughout the country need to be shut down in addition to KTVs and cinemas to prevent the mass spread of COVID-19 pandemic, said a new letter of the Ministry of Health made public this evening.

“[…] With the agreement in principle from Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, all KTVs, dancing clubs, cinemas and museums across the country have to close from Mar. 17, 2020 until the COVID-19 situation gets better,” wrote H.E. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health in his letter to tourism and culture ministers as well as municipal and provincial governors.

In a separate letter, the Ministry of Health asked the cults and religious affairs minister and municipal and provincial governors to ban all kinds of religious gatherings throughout the Kingdom.

Cambodia has so far recorded 24 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of them 16 are Cambodians, 3 British, 2 French, a Canadian, a Belgian, and a Chinese who has already recovered. 7 cases have been found in Phnom Penh, 4 in Battambang, 3 in Kampong Cham, 2 each in Preah Vihear, Banteay Meanchey and Kampong Chhnang provinces, and 1 each in Preah Sihanouk, Siem Reap, Kampot and Thbong Khmum provinces.

All confirmed cases in Cambodia are imported cases, except the one in Siem Reap who was in direct contact with a Japanese infected man, underlined the Ministry of Health.

According to World Health Organisation, there are now 168.019 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 6,610 fatal cases in 148 countries and territories.

By C. Nika