Cambodia Has No Plan to Cancel Khmer New Year Celebrations

Phnom Penh, March 25, 2020 –Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen has announced that Cambodia will celebrate the Khmer Traditional New Year to fall in mid-April.

The​ Khmer New Year celebrations will continue, stressed the Premier, but discouraging gatherings and recommending the celebrations at home with family members.

Moreover, he added, the Royal Government has no plan to shut down markets, restaurants, stores, coffee shops… and especially factories.

To tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, Samdech Techo Hun Sen did not reject the possibility to impose a state of emergency.

Up to now, some nations in the region have already declared the state of emergency, a measure to control and contain the spread of COVID-19.

As of this morning, Cambodia has recorded 93 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of them six have recovered – four Cambodians from 41 to 61 years old, a 60-year-old Chinese tourist, and a 65-year-old British tourist.

Since the first case detected in Preah Sihanouk province in late January, the COVID-19 pandemic has now hit 13 provinces and capital of Cambodia.

According to the World Health Organisation, there are in total 375,498 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 16,362 deaths in 195 nations around the world.

By Khan Sophirom