April 16, 2021

Governor: Lockdown may break virus transmission chain

Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng is optimistic that the capital’s two-week lockdown will successfully break the chain of Covid-19 community transmission. Phnom Penh Municipal Administration


Khouth Sophak Chakrya | The Phnom Penh Post
Publication date 15 April 2021 | 21:52 ICT

Phnom Penh municipal governor Khuong Sreng is optimistic that the capital’s two-week lockdown will successfully break the chain of Covid-19 community transmission.

Sreng cautioned, however, that this can only be achieved when people join hands and stay home amid the outbreak. If the public is not cooperative and the transmission rate remained high, he warned that the lockdown could be extended.

“Phnom Penh and Takmao town had reached the red line which prompted the government to impose a two-week lockdown. This is a tough decision, but suffering in the short run is for the greater good,” he said during a press conference late on April 15.

Sreng said the authority is setting up a hotline through which the poor and vulnerable can call seeking food assistance. The government will not let anyone starve to death.

Food commodity prices had reportedly increased on the first day of the lockdown, causing discontent among members of the public.

Sreng said he had instructed the local authorities to look into the matter and address the issue.

“We will investigate to find out why food prices have increased when the government already made it clear that food markets are not closed,” he said.

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