For the 30th consecutive day, Cambodia has unearthed zero new COVID-19 positive cases while one of the two remaining in hospital was treated and discharged Monday.
Ministry of Health officials said that despite the long stretch of no new positive cases, Cambodians must keep up their vigilance as slackening on this could have dire consequences as seen in second wave of infections in other Asean nations and around the world.
However, businesses analysts have echoed that while vigilance was important and in fact critical, businesses should be allowed to re-open as the continued closure of cash based economies and businesses are driving more and more people out of jobs and out of money.
“Cambodia has come through relatively good in terms of no new cases since the last reported case on April 12. However, businesses have to resume. Retailers are suffering. SME’s are in a bad way and so too are service sectors.
“While advocating vigilance, the Ministry of Health should also recommend ways of re-opening businesses which can generate revenue for the enterprises and for the state in terms of taxes. Cambodians have already come out in full force since after the Khmer New Year and life has returned to normal, except for businesses,” business consultant said.
The Ministry of Health said that a 75 year old COVID-19 patient transferred to Khmer Soviet Friendship hospital has now been cured and discharged.
He was tested positive on March 15 and his condition was announced on March 16.
This leaves with just one female still hospitalised with the virus and receiving treatment at the Phnom Penh based hospital where she was transferred on May 8.
She is from Banteay Meanchey and was tested positive on March 28.
Fitch Ratings has said that the lockdowns in some of the largest developed economies (including the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain) since February have led to a virtual halt in activity in some sectors and their full impact on employment and growth has yet to be seen.
“The impact of the coronavirus crisis on jobs could be larger than implied by the contraction in individual countries’ GDP. The lockdown measures will hit sectors that are highly labour intensive and which contribute more to employment than they do to gross economic output.”
Cambodia is in the middle of this pandemic as its key economic pillars, tourism and garments have all been hit severely with orders drying off, several hundred thousand formal and informal workers affected in this sector alone.