The Royal Government will launch the second phase of cash assistance for those who have been seriously affected by COVID-19 stricken lockdown period on July 13.

The launch was announced by the Ministry of Economy and Finance in a press release issued this evening.

This is a one-off post-lockdown support provided to people through Wing electronic payment service provider.

The focus is on the deprived households affected by the Feb. 20 local infection in broad locked-down locations in Phnom Penh, Takhmao town of Kandal province and Preah Sihanouk province.

Households eligible for the assistance are those headed by drivers, construction workers, street vendors, waste collectors and the like, and they are entitled to between 156,000 Riel (about US$39) and 311,000 Riel (nearly US$78)– depending on the size of their family.

Lockdown affected factory workers will receive an amount of 160,000 Riel (US$40) each as a one-off subsidy through an existing mechanism supervised by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training.

Families with members deceased to COVID-19 will receive 300,000 Riel (US$75) in addition to the five-month cash support to settle utility fees.

Those with infected family members in both within and outside of the broad locked-down areas will receive similar amounts entitled by the marginalised households mentioned above.

This cash relief programme reflects the efforts and high attention of the Royal Government to help reduce the burden of people who have been adversely affected by the pandemic, by leaving no one dying of hunger and without attention.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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