KTVs and Cinemas Across Cambodia Closed Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
AKP Phnom Penh, March 17, 2020 --
Cambodia has decided to close all KTVs and cinemas throughout the country, a move to contain the spread of COVID-19.
In a letter to tourism minister and municipal and provincial governors, H.E. Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health, said that with the agreement in principle from Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, all KTVs and cinemas have to close from Mar. 17, 2020 until the COVID-19 situation gets better.
To counter COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health is turning the Great Duke, a former five star hotel in Phnom Penh to be a temporary hospital for COVID-19 infected patients, while banning the entry of foreign nationals from Italy, Germany, Spain, France, the U.S., and Iran for 30 days.
For its part, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports yesterday issued a directive advising the educational institutions at all levels across Cambodia, both public and private, to take early Khmer New Year holidays.
The measure, coming into effect from Mar. 16 until further notice, is aimed to urgently prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, underlined the directive.
At the same time, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports has made possible e-learning access for students from grades 9 to 12 as an effort to the emerging demand, while schools are on early vacation due to fear of COVID-19 spread.
The e-learning can be accessed at www.youtube.com/moeys, www.facebook.com/moeys.gov.kh, and www.elearning.moeys.gov.kh.
Cambodia has so far 24 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of them there are 16 Cambodians, 3 British, 2 French, a Canadian, a Belgian, and a Chinese who has already recovered.
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 Khan Sophirom