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All schools in Phnom Penh and Kandal ordered closed for two weeks: All museums and entertainment outlets nationwide to be shuttered until further notice

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Students at class in Phnom Penh. Kt/Siv Channa

Public and private educational institutions in Phnom Penh capital and Kandal provincial town were ordered shut today.

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They are to be closed for two weeks and was announced by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports this afternoon, adding that it takes effect from today onwards.

The move is aimed to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in educational institutions and the community, it underlined.

Online teaching and learning will replace the in-class ones during this two-week suspension period, said the announcement.

The school closure came after one of the nearly 900 people having direct and indirect contact with the infected Hungarian foreign minister during his visit in Cambodia on Nov. 3 was tested positive for COVID-19.

Up to the evening of Nov. 7, a Karate-do club, a provincial department of education, youth and sports and 8 private educational institutions have found to be related to the Hungarian delegation.

At the same time, the ministry decided to postpone all kinds of group sports activities and temporary close down the Olympic National Stadium from today onwards.

As of this morning, Cambodia reported 295 confirmed cases, of them 288 or 97.63 percent have successfully recovered.

In addition, all entertainment outlets across the country were also shuttered from today until further notice.

These include all KTVs, entertainment clubs, cinemas, and museums.

The closure was made known in a joint letter dated Nov. 8 from  Mam Bunheng, Minister of Health and Chairman of the Inter-ministerial Commission for Combating COVID-19 to the ministers of tourism, and culture and fine arts, and municipal and provincial governors.

As of this morning, Cambodia reported 295 confirmed cases, of them 288 or 97.63 percent have successfully recovered.

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