Sihanoukville to face lockdown as confirmed Covid-19 cases exceed 400 in new round of community outbreak

The Prime Minister of Cambodia, Hun Sen, has instructed the provincial government of Sihanoukville to impose lockdown measures on the province in a bid to contain the latest round of community outbreak triggered by a nightclub hostess.

According to local media reports, about 402 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the new outbreak in Sihanoukville can be traced to direct or indirect contact with a nightclub hostess of Chinese nationality, who was tested positive for Covid-19 on 20 February. Of these confirmed cases, 301 people are of Chinese nationality.

The latest round of Covid-19 outbreak in Sihanoukville has already made the major casinos in the province, including Jin Bei and Jin Jie, to suspend operations.

In a national address on 3 March, the Cambodian Prime Minister urged the Sihanoukville provincial government to strictly monitor the movement of residents and prevent them from leaving the province. Hun Sen also pledged to speed up the vaccination scheme for Covid-19. New stocks of Covid-19 vaccines arrived in the province on 4 March.

The Prime Minister has taken a Covid-19 vaccine shot earlier this week to boost public confidence in the vaccination scheme.