Cambodia has decided to impose a night curfew in capital Phnom Penh, provincial towns and populated areas for two weeks, starting from Friday to Aug. 12, in order to curb the spread of Delta COVID-19 variant, Prime Minister Hun Sen said.

“Impose curfew from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. in parts or throughout territories under your jurisdiction, especially in Phnom Penh capital city, provincial towns and populated areas,” he said in an instruction to the municipal and provincial governors.

Hun Sen also advised authorities across the country to strictly enforce COVID-19 measures in order to prevent the spread of Delta variant in the community.

On Wednesday night, the prime minister also issued a decision, mandating lockdowns in eight provinces, namely Koh Kong, Pursat, Battambang, Pailin, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey, Preah Vihear and Siem Reap, from Friday to Aug. 12.

Phnom Penh Municipal Governor Khuong Sreng issued a statement on Thursday, imposing a night curfew in the capital from Friday to Aug. 12.

“All kinds of travelling, work, and business must be temporarily suspended from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.,” he said.

The governor said that any private gatherings with more than 10 people would also be prohibited for two weeks in the capital.

The measures came after the Southeast Asian nation has seen a surge in Delta variant cases in recent days.

Cambodia logged 765 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, pushing the national total caseload to 75,917, the health ministry said, adding that 11 new fatalities were recorded, taking the overall death toll to 1,350.

Source: NAM News Network

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