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PM orders authorities to tighten COVID-19 prevention at Vietnam border

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Bavet International Checkpoint in Svay Rieng province border with Moc Bai international border gate in Vietnam’s Tay Ninh province. Photo supplied

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered all authorities and armed forces to tighten the COVID-19 prevention along the border with Vietnam.

Mr Hun Sen said Cambodian authorities have done a good job in curbing COVID-19 pandemic from Thailand, but now they must prevent the possible outbreak from Vietnam.

“Now our big concern is the COVID-19 outbreak in Vietnam from the North to Central and to the Southern part close to Cambodia. This is the biggest concern I want all provinces along the Vietnamese border–from Kampot to Ratanakiri province to take immediate action to inspect and quarantine people crossing the border”, he said.

“If we are negligent, our country will suffer from COVID-19 both from Thailand and Vietnam”, he added.

Mr Hun Sen also ordered all provincial authorities to cooperate with neighbouring countries to prevent the pandemic and that the Health Ministry has to work with local authorities to tighten the quarantine centres.

The Premier said it is not a complicated issue with people travelling from Vietnam because no Cambodian migrant workers went to Vietnam, but noted that it will be a concern during Vietnamese traditional New Year next week.

He said that all authorities along the border with Thailand should continue to prevent the COVID-19 as the surge in the virus has continued in Thailand.

“Now in Thailand, the COVID-19 outbreak remains serious that we need to continue tightening our preventive measures”, he added.

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