After over 100 vendors in Doeurm Kor Market tested positive for Covid-19, the Phnom Penh municipal authorities decided to temporarily close it and the vegetable market near it in the districts of Tuol Kork and Boeung Keng Kang in Phnom Penh.
According to Phnom Penh municipal governor Kuong Sreng, over 100 vendors and security guards in the market had contracted Covid-19: “The virus spreads rapidly and worryingly and there needed to be emergency preventive health measures. Given the immediate situation, the Phnom Penh municipality decided to temporarily close the vegetable market for 14 days from April 18 to May 1.”
The Phnom Penh Municipal Administration also notified vendors, security guards, workers in the market and their families and customers who entered the market from April 5 onward to immediately be tested for Covid-19.
Vorn Pov, president of the NGO Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA), told The Post on April 18 that he supported the move, but said the authorities should have other measures to help the vendors and those who have lost income.
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