Cambodia bars entry by water transport

Move made to reduce risk of coronavirus transmission

published : 13 Mar 2020 at 17:42

Health officials in hazmat suits board the Viking Cruise Journey to take bio samples of passengers and crew members. (Khmer Times photo)

PHNOM PENH: The Ministry of Public Works and Transport issued an announcement on Friday to suspend the entry of travellers through waterways to prevent the spread of the Covid-19.

Mak Sideth, director general of the General Department of Waterway-Maritime Transport and Ports, said the ministry is currently informing all owners of passenger ships about the suspension at all waterways, including sea ways and ports, the Khmer Times reported.

“The department has decided to suspend the entry of passengers and ships from now on until further notice,” he said. “Therefore, please be informed and follow the new directive.”

The decision was made following the coronavirus diagnosis of three British nationals aboard the Viking Cruise Journey in Kampong Cham province. Remaining passengers of the ship are currently placed under quarantine in a hotel in the province.


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