Cambodia closes karaoke clubs, cinemas to curb outbreak


An employee, wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the Covid-19 outbreak, checks the temperature of a man before he enters a bank in Phnom Penh on Tuesday (March 17). Cambodia had decided to close all KTV or karaoke clubs and cinemas across the country in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus), Health Minister Mam Bunheng said in a statement on Tuesday. - AFP

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia had decided to close all KTV or karaoke clubs and cinemas across the country in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus), Health Minister Mam Bunheng said in a statement on Tuesday (March 17).

The closure was made at the request of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen. He said in the statement sent to Tourism Minister and Governors of all cities and provinces across the kingdom.

"The closure of the KTV clubs and cinemas nationwide starts from March 17, 2020 until the situation of the Covid-19 eases," Bunheng said.

The latest measure came after Cambodia detected 12 more cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of the confirmed cases in the kingdom to 24.

Bunheng said all the confirmed cases were the imported cases, as there has been no evidence of community transmissions in Cambodia yet.

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Sunday issued a directive, advising the Cambodian people not to travel to Europe, the United States and Iran if not necessary.

He said civil servants at all ministries and state institutions were not allowed to attend all types of meetings in Europe, the United States and Iran.

"For civil servants and Cambodian people who have just returned home from countries in Europe, the United States and Iran, they must self-isolate for 14 days from the day of their arrivals to Cambodia," Hun Sen said.

Also, the kingdom has banned foreigners from Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the United States from entering the country for 30 days, taking effect from March 17, and from Iran, starting from March 18.

On Monday, the ministry of education allowed all public and private school students across the country to take an early vacation, and the ministry provided online teaching to them through its website and social media platforms. - Xinhua/Asian News Network
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