On April 14, Cambodia decided to block the capital Phnom Penh for the first time since the COVID-19 epidemic broke out late last year.
According to a notice from the government, the capital area and neighboring Takmao city will be blocked for 14 days from April 15.
Directed by Prime Minister Hun Sen, during the blockade period, people are not allowed to leave their homes, except to buy food and necessities (along with emergencies), with only 2 members in families are allowed to travel no more than 3 times per week. All gatherings are prohibited.
|The people of Phnom Penh buy basic necessities for reserve. Photo: Khmer Times|
According to the Khmer Times, a national committee led by Economy and Finance Minister Aun Pornmoniroth of Cambodia has been set up to oversee the blockade.
The blockade was in place just one day after the capital, Phnom Penh, to extend the nightly curfew for another two weeks until April 28.
On April 14, Cambodia’s Ministry of Health said it had recorded the 36th death from COVID-19 and 178 new cases in the country, of which 177 were related to the “incident of community infection on 20 /. 2”.
The total number of infections in this country increased to 4,874. Of the 36 deaths caused by COVID-19, 1 Korean citizen, 1 French citizen, 2 Chinese citizens and the rest are Cambodian citizens.
According to Reuters, before the blockade was officially announced, there were rumors about the application of the measure in Phnom Penh. Photos taken on April 14 show the scene of many people flocking to supermarkets and markets in the capital to buy food.
The Khmer Times also reported that many people flocked to supermarkets, markets, convenience stores, and department stores … to stock up on necessities on April 14. Ministry of Health Ministry of Health or Cambodia Or Vandine urged people to stay calm, not rushing to buy food.
Laos decided not to block the capital
The Star newspaper on April 14 quoted information from the Vientiane Times (Laos) newspaper that the Lao government had decided not to block the capital of Vientiane after considering the city government’s proposal to take strong measures. to the end of April.
The Lao Prime Minister’s Office on April 13 issued a notice related to the above decision, citing Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh’s instructions.
Earlier on the same day, the Vientiane government submitted a proposal to block the capital to the government, after fearing an outbreak in the community.
Concerns increased after a Thai businessman living in Vientiane had a positive COVID-19 test result on April 11. This person is the 50th case recorded in Laos. A week earlier, he had close contact with another person who had traveled illegally from Thailand to Laos.
Although these close contacts of 50th COVID-19 patients tested have all tested negative, there is a possibility that unidentified cases are still left out, according to the Preventive and Control Force. translation of COVID-19 of Laos.
In particular, the worry of outbreaks increased when Lao people ate the traditional Tet holiday from April 14 to 16. This is the time when people meet and participate in traditional activities.
However, in the above announcement, the Lao government said that based on the investigation of the case’s travel schedule and the assessment of the COVID-19 Disease Control and Prevention Force of the situation, they believe that there is still a problem. controllable translated.
The notice explaining more of the blockade is sure to have a negative impact on society. To deal with the situation, the Lao government asked the COVID-19 anti-epidemic forces at all levels of the country to take strict measures to prevent and control the epidemic.
These measures include increasing the search for those who have been in close contact with the Thai businessman, closing all entertainment venues such as karaoke bars and pubs until the end of this month, and banning large gatherings. public, limiting the number of wedding attendees …
Vietnam tightens immigration
At the Standing meeting of the National Steering Committee for the prevention and control of epidemics COVID-19 on April 14, Deputy Minister of Public Security Nguyen Van Son said that at present, the epidemic situation of countries around the world as well as some countries The border with Vietnam such as Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia … has complicated developments, directly affecting the prevention and fighting against Vietnamese epidemics.
Therefore, the representative of the Ministry of Public Security proposed to tighten immigration with two subjects: Legal entry (in which, pay attention to the certification and authentication of the entry of enterprises); objects entering illegally through trails, openings, borders …; criminally handle all cases of detecting illegal entry.
Sharing the same viewpoint to strengthen immigration control, the representative of the Ministry of National Defense called on the community to continue mobilizing families with relatives abroad to comply with the prevention and control of epidemics in the host country, in case they wish. , commit to return to the country legally.
At the same time, people proactively notify the authorities when detecting that people returning from the epidemic area or from abroad do not declare according to regulations.
Opinions that the implementation of proactive anti-epidemic measures – strictly implementing the 5K message, plays an important role in the current context, especially wearing a mask when going out of the house. public, crowded …
In addition, the Standing Committee of the Steering Committee requested all ministries, branches and localities to strengthen the direction of medical establishments, schools, accommodation establishments, factories, markets, supermarkets and accommodation establishments. , bus station … raise vigilance, strictly implement epidemic prevention and control measures, self-update information on the Map of safe coexistence with COVID-19; resolutely strictly handle violations.