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Sar Kheng orders local authorities to care for 40,000 returnees

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Interior Minister Sar Kheng today ordered all provincial authorities to take good care of about 40,000 migrant workers who have returned to the Kingdom since the Thai-Cambodia border closure.


Thailand closed its border with Cambodia on Monday and put the country in emergency yesterday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease. These measures prompted Cambodians working in Thailand to rush home.

“Our officials have informed me that more than 40,000 migrant workers [since March 22] have come home,” Mr Kheng said to officials at Oddor Meanchey province yesterday.


In view of this, he said officials at all border gates must be ready and take concrete measures to receive Cambodian people who are returning from Thailand, especially at the corridors.


According to Mr Kheng, among all provinces and the capital, Banteay Meanchey saw the highest number of returnees with 9,296 migrants, Battambang province with 7,694, Siem Reap province with 5,255, and Thboung Khmum with 1,393.

Oddar Meanchey provincial governor Pen Kosal said today nearly 1,200 migrants entered the country via the province’s O’Smach International Border Checkpoints, and 400 of them live in the province.


“Our officials have prepared places for those who were sick and had high body temperature for 14 days quarantine. We have also set up medical equipment and materials in case of emergency,” he said.

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