Hun Sen says Covid-19 vaccination mandatory as Cambodia confirms three new Covid-19 deaths

A woman gets vaccinated against Covid-19 at the Ministry of Information on April 10, 2021. - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

PHNOM PENH, April 11 (Phnom Penh Post/ANN): Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday (April 11) issued a sub-decree making Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for individuals unless they have a medical certificate proving they have pre-existing health conditions that prevent them from doing so.

"This applies to all members of the armed forces and civil servants at state institutions; citizens who hold public office through elections; public officials at legislative bodies; judges, prosecutors and other officials in the judiciary," states the sub-decree.

Covid-19 vaccination is also mandatory for individuals based on their professions and the infection risks associated with them as determined by the Ministry of Health.

"Exemptions are granted to those who cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons as permitted by the health authorities," it said.

The sub-decree also stipulates penalties for failure to receive Covid-19 jabs.

"Each institution shall first issue a warning to those who avoid vaccination ... and subject them to administrative measures or legal action should they continue to avoid getting vaccinated," it said.

The Ministry of Health on Sunday (April 11) also reported three more deaths from Covid-19 and 157 new infections, all but one of which were linked to the February 20 community outbreak.

The imported case is a Nigerian who arrived via South Korea on April 9.

Among the 156 cluster cases, eight are Chinese nationals and the rest are Cambodian.

Phnom Penh still recorded the most cases at 141, followed by Koh Kong at eight, Svay Rieng at four, two in Takeo and one in Kandal.

The ministry also reported 72 recoveries linked to the February 20 outbreak.

The deceased patients, aged 36 to 72, are all Cambodian residing in the capital and the provinces of Kandal and Svay Rieng.

As of April 11, Cambodia had recorded a total of 4,238 Covid-19 cases with 2,052 receiving ongoing treatment and 29 confirmed deaths. - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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