November 27, 2020

France reports 20,155 new cases – as it happened

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Cambodians marked their Independence Day holiday on Monday, but new coronavirus restrictions kept them from celebrating at karaoke parlours, beer gardens, museums, cinemas and other entertainment venues, which have been ordered to shut until further notice.

Students in the capital, Phnom Penh, and the satellite town of Kandal will not return on Tuesday to their schools, which were shut for two weeks by order of the education ministry to contain the virus.

People wear masks as they fly balloons on the 67th anniversary of the declaration of independence from French colonial rule.


People wear masks as they fly balloons on the 67th anniversary of the declaration of independence from French colonial rule. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

The new restrictions were issued by the health ministry on Sunday because Hungary’s foreign minister tested positive for the coronavirus after visiting Cambodia last week. Peter Szijjarto tested positive upon arrival in Thailand on Tuesday following a one-day Cambodia visit. He was placed in quarantine in Bangkok before leaving for Hungary on Wednesday.

The Cambodian prime minister, Hun Sen, announced on Saturday that a Cambodian bodyguard for Szijjarto had also tested positive for the coronavirus. A second round of tests on Monday discovered three more infected people among the 900 who were involved with Szijjarto’s visit: a lawmaker from Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party, a senior agriculture ministry official, and Hungary’s ambassador to Cambodia and Vietnam.

Hun Sen and four cabinet ministers went into quarantine because they met with Szijjarto the same day he tested positive. Hun Sen said he will stay quarantined for 14 days, and announced on Monday on his Facebook page that he, his wife and other members of their household have all tested negative twice.

All of the people involved with the Hungarian foreign minister’s trip are to be tested four times during their 14-day quarantine period.

Education ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha issued a statement on Monday saying Phnom Penh’s Olympic stadium would close its gym and other facilities because the infected Cambodian bodyguard for Szijjarto also coached sports there.

In his Saturday audio message, Hun Sen said he would not declare a national or local state of emergency, or bar travel by people not involved, but urged people to observe health ministry guidelines.

The education ministry said the school shutdown was necessary because it has been unable to collect enough information to determine if the parents of any students had direct or indirect contact with Szijjarto.

Schools throughout Cambodia reopened on 2 November after being closed since March due to the coronavirus, but with limited class sizes and hours. The country has reported a total of 297 cases of the coronavirus, with no deaths.

The Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni (R) greets diplomats during a ceremony at the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh.


The Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni greets diplomats during a ceremony at the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh. Photograph: Mak Remissa/EPA