The Labour Ministry said yesterday more than a thousand garment workers, who returned to the capital from provinces after Khmer New Year, have been screened for coronavirus at 10 centres designated by the ministry and the City Hall.
Ministry of Labour spokesman Heng Sour said two of them had a fever and their samples were sent to the Pasteur Institute for testing. The two workers were admitted in one of three centres designated for quarantine while the others were instructed to self-quarantine at home for 14 days.
Mr Sour said the three quarantine centres prepared by the ministry could accommodate 2,000 people.
“After 14 days of quarantine, they will be screened again to ensure their health is normal before being allowed to resume work,” he added.
Mr Sour said 30,000 garment and footwear workers in the country left the cities to travel to their home provinces, with or without permission from their employers. Half of them work in Phnom Penh.
He said workers whose families or landlords did not allow them to self-quarantine at home could do so at the three quarantine centres.
The 10 health test centres are located at Vattanac Industrial Park 1, Canadia Industrial Park, Kokchan Secondary School, Vattanac Industrial Park 2, Chompuvon Secondary School, Dangkao Secondary School, Phnom Penh Thmey High School, Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone, Russey Village Primary School and Russey Keo High School.
Health Minister Mam Bun Heng in a press conference said more than 10,000 garment workers who recently returned to Phnom Penh will be screened and placed in mandatory quarantine.
“We have to remain highly cautious even though no new positive case has been reported,” Mr Bun Heng said, adding so far 107 patients have recovered from the virus.
The ministry has received $4.5 million from the Ministry of Finance while more than $13 million was raised in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.