Cambodia: Theatres to reopen soon; 3 imported Covid-19 cases reported

  • Cambodia
  • Sunday, 09 Aug 2020

Movie theatres in Cambodia were closed in March due to the pandemic. - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

PHNOM PENH, Aug 9 (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN): 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 in the country recently with a rash of new cases that have driven up the country’s total. But recoveries are also on the rise.

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.

Meanwhile, 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 said 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.

Cambodia also confirmed three new imported Covid-19 cases on Saturday evening, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 246, the Health Ministry said a statement.

The new cases were three Cambodian men, aged between 24 and 27, who arrived in the kingdom on July 31 from Pakistan via a connecting flight in Malaysia, the statement said, adding that they were on the same flight with the five positive cases found recently.

"Their samples were tested for the second time during their quarantine, and the results available on Friday showed that they turned out to be positive for the Covid-19," Health Ministry's secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine said in the statement.

The new patients have been sent to the Chak Angre Health Centre in southern Phnom Penh for treatment, she added.

The South-East Asian nation has so far recorded a total of 246 Covid-19 cases, with 215 patients cured and 31 remained in hospital. - The Phnom Penh Post/Asian News Network

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