Cambodia’s stance on COVID-19 pandemic elucidated at Asean Summit

Cambodia’s has expressed its clear stance on the COVID-19 pandemic to other Asean leaders at the 36th Asean Summit (Plenary Session) via Videoconference held Friday under the theme “Cohesive and Responsive”.

According to the Premier, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a number of challenges including public health safety, disruption on mobilisation and global supply chain as well as severe social impacts and global economic downturn.

In this context, the collective responses and solidarity based on multilateralism, especially under the UN framework, is indispensable. Truly, this is not the time for blame-game, discriminate, or disengage the allies based on political agenda.

“In this regard, Cambodia fully supports the constitutional mandate of World Health Organisation (WHO) as the leading and coordinating authority in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. While looking forward to the earliest success of vaccine development, Cambodia is calling on the vaccine to be a global common goods which can be accessed by all,” he underlined.

At the regional level, Cambodia is proud that ASEAN has been relatively successful compared to other regions in the fight against COVID-19.

“In April, we held the Special Asean Summit on COVID-19 via videoconference and agreed on a number of practical measures to mitigate the impact of the crisis. In addition, we have further expanded our cooperation through active involvement with external partners,” he said.

According to WHO, 138,685 have so far been infected with COVID-19 in ASEAN, of them 4,046 have been killed and 77,788 others have recovered.

Cambodia has to date registered 13o Covid-19 cases, most of whom are imported cases and have put in place, strenuous measures to curb further imported cases.

Though the number of cases in Cambodia is still relatively small, air travel is still restricted and border crossing shut. Many large service industries remains shut as with schools and spas, gymnasiums and large gatherings such as weddings.

These measures, the health ministry says, are crucial in containing the virus and preventing a second wave as experienced by its neighbours. Heng Panha/AKP

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