The Covid 19 pandemic has almost brought the world to a standstill. For many people in the world they are suffering lockdowns and economic deprivation. Business is disappearing as people cannot see the end to the pandemic.
Cambodia is also suffering, but due to the quick and timely reaction of the Cambodia government, has suffered few Covid infections. The economy is suffering and the people who relie on that economy (textiles, shoe making and tourism) are suffering also.
Once thriving businesses have closed, some believe permanently, hotels with no customers are left deserted, 70+% of the factory workers find themselves unemployed with no social systems to fall back on, many have returned, I am told, to their old homes in the provinces.
- Cambodia has had a total of 272 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has issued a Watch Level 1 for Cambodia: Practice Usual Precautions and the U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 2 Travel Advisory for Cambodia: Exercise Increased Caution.
- The Cambodian Ministry of Education has agreed to a three-phase plan for reopening educational institutions in the 2020-2021 academic year to include 20 schools approved to reopen in August 2020.
- Grocery stores, restaurants, and other services remain generally available. The Cambodian government has restricted the operation of certain businesses, such as cinemas, karaoke, and entertainment clubs (bars, discos, beer gardens).
Large meetings or gatherings, such as parties or religious gatherings, are banned until September 2020.
People can still travel to and from Cambodia but must adhere to the restrictions laid down by the Cambodian government.
We must wait and see how things will develop over time but I fear recovery will be slow and difficult as Cambodia is affected by the International situation re Covid 19.