As Cambodia moves closer towards ‘reopening’, The Kingdom recorded it’s lowest daily new case total since April 6th.
Today’s official daily new COVID case total was 166, bringing the COVID case total to 117,201 cases.
13 days ago, on the 8th of October, PM Hun Sen announced that Cambodia will be capable of reopening its economy across all sectors if the Covid-19 situation post Pchum Ben remains stable at current levels for at least 10 consecutive days, saying:
“If the situation remains as it is for the next 10 to 15 days, then I think it is time to reopen the economy, and society, across all sectors under the new normal concept,”
Cambodia now seems to be moving, slowly but steadily, to a ‘new normality’ as shown by the re-opening of the e-Visa scheme for tourists and investors, relaxation of the quarantine period for incoming travellers and a new QR code system for checking vaccination status and a general determination by the Royal Government to get The Kingdom open for business again as soon as is safely possible
Certainly, Cambodia seems to have moved past the dark days of the ‘February 20th’ incident – where the entire nation was brought to a standstill due to the selfish actions of 2 individuals.
However, a warning note must be sounded – the danger of COVID still looms like the Sword of Damocles over the head of Cambodia.
Revelations today that illegal migrant workers are still sneaking across the border in Battambang, despite restrictions, must sound warning bells – especially with the current surge in cases in Thailand.