As a new round of community outbreak of Covid-19 is underway in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, the owners of ten hotels, six casinos, one holiday resort and one restaurant in the region have decided to suspend business and require their employees to undergo self-isolation in line with the health authorities’ guidelines.
The new outbreak is linked to a nightclub hostess of Chinese nationality, who was confirmed with Covid-19 on 20 February. The woman had stayed at three hotels under Jin Bei Group before being tested positive for Covid-19. Over 40 people that had close or indirect contact with the Chinese woman have been tested positive for the disease so far.
According to the Sihanoukville government, 1,562 people from six hotels in the region are being tested for Covid-19 and these people are now put under self-isolation in these hotels.
The hotels involved include Crowne Plaza Hotel, Goddess of Liberty Hotel and Xihu Resort Hotel in addition to three Jin Bei hotels.
At present, all employees of the three Jin Bei hotels, the epicentre of the outbreak, are put under medical quarantine inside their dormitories. Employees of Chinese nationality are allowed to return to their home country only after 21 days’ of quarantine.
The Sihanoukville government has urged local residents not to travel to Phnom Penh and other provinces unless necessary.