Cambodia to ban flights from the Philippines amid rising Covid-19 cases

An aircraft of Cambodian National carrier “Cambodia Angkor Air” prepares for take-off at Phnom Penh international airport on July 27, 2009. Cambodia has launched the new national airline giving the southeast Asian country its first flag carrier since a previous effort folded in 2001. AFP. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

PHNOM PENH, Aug 11, 2020, Khmer Times. The government decided to temporarily ban all flights from the Philippines as of Thursday in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, Khmer Times reported.

The decision came after 13 Chinese nationals were tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday after taking
flights from the Philippines.

In a statement issued today, Health Minister Mam Bun Heng said the decision was made on the grounds that 13 new COVID-19 cases were found among 119 Chinese passengers who arrived in the Kingdom from the Philippines on August 8.

“The Ministry [of Health] noticed that the number of infection cases has spiked in the Philippines, resulting in the country having the most infection cases among Asean member states,” Bun Heng said.

This is the government’s latest measure to contain the coronavirus after the flight bans on Malaysia and Indonesia on August 1 when double digit cases were detected.

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