Sihanoukville casinos allowed to reopen amid new Covid community outbreak but some casinos only reopen its VIP section

Sihanoukville casinos allowed to reopen amid new Covid community outbreak but some casinos only reopen its VIP section

The new Covid-19 community outbreak raging in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, is showing no signs of subsiding but the Sihanoukville government has allowed the reopening of casinos in the gaming port, including the three Jin Bei casino hotels at the epicentre of the outbreak. However, some casinos only reopen their VIP rooms amid fears of rising confirmed cases.

Sihanoukville was hit by a new round of Covid-19 community outbreak in late February when a nightclub hostess of Chinese nationality travelling from Phnom Penh to the port city was confirmed with the disease. All major hotels and casinos in Sihanoukville subsequently suspended business operations for 14 days as the number of confirmed cases rose rapidly. The gaming port recorded 105 new confirmed cases on 15 March alone; as of 16 March, more than 900 Covid-19 cases in the region could be linked to the nightclub hostess.

Cambodia had recorded an accumulative total of 1,430 confirmed cases in the country as of 16 March. The provincial government of Phnom Penh said they had no plans to impose lockdowns on the province.