27th day of ‘new low’ daily case totals accelerates reopening moves

As Cambodia moves further towards the reopening of  travel, tourism and the economy, The Kingdom today recorded it’s lowest daily new case total since April 5th, in a remarkable run of 27 days of ‘new normal’ low case numbers.

Today’s official daily new COVID case total was 111, bringing the COVID case total to 118,111 cases.

19 days ago, on the 8th of October,  PM Hun Sen said 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 10-15 consecutive days, stating:

“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,” 

The PM said yesterday that the government has set the stage for the recovery of Cambodia’s economy and a return to a “new normal” before the end of this year.

In significant news, the Ministry of Tourism announced yesterday that Cambodia will implement a ‘sandbox scheme’ to allow quarantine-free visits for those who are fully-vaccinated to Sihanoukville, Koh Rong island and the Dara Sakor Resort in Koh Kong province from November 30 – with Siem Reap following in early 2022.

This follows last week’s major developments – including  the re-opening of the e-Visa scheme for tourists and investors, relaxation of the quarantine period for incoming travellers, the ban on flights from Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines being lifted and a new QR code system for checking vaccination status that show a general determination by the Royal Government to get The Kingdom open for business again as soon as is safely possible.

However, a note of caution must be struck in this atmosphere of general elation about the possible reopening of the country.

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