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Cambodia imposes heavy fines on those who challenge COVID-19 quarantine




The Government of Cambodia today issued a sub-decree imposing stiffer fines on people caught disobeying COVID-19 quarantine rules.

The sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen indicates that violators will face a maximum penalty of $ 1,250, compared to the current fine of $ 250.

The sub-decree states that people who escape from quarantine facilities or who refuse to allow samples to be taken for testing Covid-19 will be fined.

The sub-decree adds that whoever « intentionally directs, advises, incites, persuades or assists » people to escape the quarantine facilities will be fined between $ 2,500 and $ 12,500.

It also notes that violators must pay the fines within 30 days, otherwise their cases will be sent to court for trial.

The move was taken after reports in recent days about Cambodian citizens disobeying the quarantine.

In accordance with the kingdom’s sanitary rules, people entering the country must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated quarantine centers.

This Southeast Asian country has been remarkably successful in containing the spread of COVID-19. So far, the kingdom has registered a total of 483 confirmed cases, no deaths and 470 recoveries, according to data from the Health Ministry.

 

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