Cambodia: 130 textile companies cease operation due to COVID-19 hinh anh 1Spraying disinfectant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kandal province, Cambodia (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Phnom Penh (VNA) – About 130 garment factories in Cambodia have suspended operations due to a sharp decline in purchase orders caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, according to Spokesperson of the Cambodian Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training Heng Sour.

Speaking at a press conference on April 27, Heng Sour said the situation is affecting about 100,000 local workers.

To assist local workers affected by the pandemic, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced a support policy under which every employee of the closed factory is provided with a subsidy of 70 USD per month, including 30 USD from their employers.

According to data from the Cambodian Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation, the Southeast Asian country is home to 1,099 factories operating in textiles, footwear and handbag industries. Garment is one of the biggest exports of Cambodia. 

The Health Ministry of Cambodia on the same day reported that the country had recorded a total of 122 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 119 patients cured./.