PM Hun Sen: Lockdown measure not to starve people


The lockdown measure of Phnom Penh capital and Takhmao town of Kandal province was taken not to starve people, but to combat and prevent larger spread of COVID-19 pandemic into community, stressed Prime Minister Hun Sen in a special statement last night.

“No lack of food, rice, meat, vegetable in Phnom Penh during the lockdown,” the Premier reassured.


All businesses in Phnom Penh and Takhmao must be closed down temporarily, but food- and daily necessities-related businesses and key supply services such as firefighting, electricity, clean water garbage collection, etc. as well as emergency services will remain as usual.


Hun Sen asked Phnom Penh Municipal Governor Khuong Sreng to pay attention to poor people by providing them with rice and other foodstuff, and ordered the release the government’s food stocks into market with decent price.


Besides, the Prime Minister urged for understanding, patience and participation from his compatriots during the 14-day period to cut off the COVID-19 transmission chain.


He also called for the ban of alcoholic beverage sales throughout the country to avoid unnecessary gatherings.


The Royal Government has just announced to put Phnom Penh capital and Takhmao town of Kandal province into a two-week-long lockdown, as the number of new infections remain high.


The lockdown measure, which come into effect from 00:00 on April 15 until April 28, 2021, is aimed to ensure the effectiveness of COVID-19 spread control in Phnom Penh and Takhmao town, considered as a single area, and to prevent the transmission to other areas, it underlined.


During the lockdown, it pointed out, people are not allowed to leave their house unless necessary and with some exceptions: travel for authorised professions and businesses, for foods and other daily necessary stuff with at most 2 persons per household and not more than three times a week, and for health emergencies, etc.


Anyway, it stressed, the travel must not be made between 08:00pm and 05:00am, except for emergency health and family reasons, goods transport, and so on.


Besides, all gatherings are banned, except among household members, funerals, and gatherings of health staff and competent authorities on duty.


Mask wearing and safety distancing as well as sanitation and temperature screening are required, underlined the same source.


In order to carry out the lockdown measure effectively, a 19-member national commission, headed by Aun Pornmoniroth, Deputy Prime Minister, Ministre of Economy and Finance, was formed.


According to him, as of 10pm last night, more than 300 new infections of COVID-19 have been detected, while the tally already reached 4,874 yesterday  morning, of which 2,290 have successfully recovered, with 36 deaths recorded. C. Nika – AKP

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