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Embracing the “new normal” in the COVID-19 landscape

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Most Cambodians have dubbed this period as the “COVID-19 era,” marking the many changes that have followed after the emergence of the global pandemic. At present, the Kingdom has successfully controlled the spread of the virus in with all 122 COVID-19 patients recovered and out of the hospital.

Despite the good news, celebrations remain on hold as the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health informed the public about a possible second wave of an outbreak in Cambodia. The absence of a vaccine for the disease has only added to the health threat.

Health Minister Mam Bun Heng, following the global warning, said everyone should adopt to the “new normal,” whether in going about their daily lives or running their businesses. A ministry-issued letter enumerated such practices, including regular hand washing, wearing of a protective mask, using clean tissue when sneezing or coughing, social distancing and refraining from engaging in any kind of social gathering.

Meanwhile, business owners, especially those in the food sector, should ensure their premises are kept sanitary to quell the spread of the virus.

Dr Li Ailan, the WHO representative to Cambodia, said recently Cambodian communities have so far managed to cope with the “new normal” to mitigate the further impact of the pandemic in their lives – a move Dr Li deemed “smart” and prudent.

“The world cannot go back to the way things were. Cambodians should expect a ‘new normal’ where handwashing, coughing etiquette and social distancing are part of the everyday life,” she said, adding that such measures should always be practised whether an outbreak is present or not.

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