Cambodia Temporarily Bans Flights from Malaysia and Indonesia

AKP Phnom Penh, July 25, 2020 —

The Royal Government of Cambodia has decided to temporary ban the flights from Malaysia and Indonesia.

The decision was made by Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen on July 25 at the request of the Ministry of Health.

Effective from August 1, 2020, the move is aimed to reduce the risk of imported COVID-19 transmission as many recent cases have been found among passengers coming from the two countries, explained the Ministry of Health.

In addition, it continued, the ban will contribute to strengthening health safety for people across the country because from August and September, Cambodia will have many holidays, and people will travel to different tourism destinations. “We therefore need to increase our vigilance in preventing the COVID-19 spread,” it underlined.

According to the ministry, it is noted that from June 20 to July 25, 2020, 108 positive cases have been detected among 23,567 passengers from Malaysia (55 patients) and Indonesia.

As of July 25, the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Cambodia rose to 225, including 147 Cambodians, 40 French, 13 Malaysians, 7 Indonesians, 5 British, 4 Americans, 3 Chinese, 3 Vietnamese, 2 Canadians, and 1 Belgian. Of them, 143 or 63.55 percent have been successfully recovered.

By C. Nika