Cambodian Government Blames Thai Truckers for COVID-19 Spread

Cambodian authorities on Monday suspected Thai truck drivers for COVID-19 spread in Battambang, a province northwest of Cambodia with two borders forming part of an international border with Thailand.

Cambodian authorities raised concerns about the COVID-19 virus spreading to residents in Battambang saying, the spread could have originated from Thai truck drivers ferrying goods back and forth between Thailand and Cambodia. 

“The influx of positive COVID-19 cases among the vendors and the affected market is located close to Duong International Checkpoint. We believe the high number of vendors testing positive for COVID-19 is because of truck drivers numbering up to 600 a day, “Kamrieng District Governor Sok Sokhun told Khmer Times.

Sokhun added that out of the 700 vendors in the market who tested for COVID-19, over 250 returned positive.

“This checkpoint has no migrant workers crossing over, only truck drivers who deliver goods,” Sokhun said.

Authorities said about 600 trucks cross the Doung border every day and deliver goods to Kamrieng, the Cambodian market that has the highest infection in Battambang.

As of Monday, Cambodia reported 589 new cases in the last seven days with total confirmed cases of almost 100,000 and over 2,000 deaths.

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