Cambodia moves closer to “reopening” as it records lowest daily cases in 6 months hinh anh 1A woman has her COVID-19 vaccination certificate examined at a market in Phnom Penh capital of Cambodia on October 11. (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)
Phnom Penh (VNA) - As Cambodia moves closer towards ‘reopening’, the Southeast Asian country recorded it’s lowest daily new case total since April 6.

The Ministry of Health announced on October 20 that Cambodia has recorded 166 new COVID-19 cases and 12 fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the COVID-19 case total to 117,201 cases and the death toll to 2,693.

Government spokesman Phay Siphan told Khmer Times on October 19 that without the vaccination drive, the nation might have suffered a worse tragedy caused by the pandemic.

“Vaccination is the part of efforts to reduce the tragedy of COVID-19 virus. The Prime Minister has worked so hard to get dozens of vaccine doses for the sake of his people and guided each one of us to learn to live with the virus,” he added.

He pointed out that everyone played their part in bringing the scourge almost to its knees and enabled the country to get back on its feet.

On October 8, Samdech Techo Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that Cambodia will be capable of reopening its economy across all sectors if the COVID-19 situation post Pchum Ben remains stable at current levels for at least 10 consecutive days.

Cambodia now seems to be moving, slowly but steadily, to a ‘new normality’ as shown by the re-opening of the e-Visa scheme for tourists and investors, relaxation of the quarantine period for incoming travellers and a new QR code system for checking vaccination status and a general determination by the Government to get the nation open for business again as soon as is safely possible./.