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Cambodia bans media protection from COVID-19 lockdown ‘pink zones’

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PHNOM PENH: Cambodia on Tuesday (Could 4) ordered journalists to cease reporting from blockaded COVID-19 “pink zones” and from chasing ambulances because the nation battles towards a report surge in infections.

The nation has seen COVID-19 instances surge since February, when an outbreak was first detected amongst its Chinese language expatriate group.

On Tuesday, officers introduced a report 938 new infections, bringing the full instances to 16,299 with 107 deaths.

Authorities have reworked faculties and marriage ceremony celebration halls into COVID-19 therapy centres as hospitals are working out of beds and Prime Minister Hun Sen warned the nation was “getting ready to dying” from the virus outbreak.

Phnom Penh and adjoining metropolis Ta Khmau have been beneath lockdown for 20 days and the federal government has introduced the blanket would finish from Thursday.

READ: Cambodia closes markets to curb COVID-19, thousands plead for food

However authorities stated areas with excessive an infection charges would stay beneath lockdown.

Police have arrange blockades round pink zones barring residents from leaving their houses, besides on medical causes.

On Tuesday, the data ministry ordered journalists to instantly cease reporting from the pink zones, warning they’d face prosecution.

The ministry stated some journalists had reported from pink zones and banned areas reminiscent of therapy centres and hospitals.

It additionally stated some had “chased ambulances” and induced confusion and unrest.

The order comes as residents dwelling in pink zones complained about meals shortages and took to social media to enchantment for important support.

Rights group Amnesty Worldwide issued a robust condemnation of Cambodia’s lockdown measures final week, saying that they had left many individuals to go hungry and humanitarian teams had been barred from distributing meals and different important support.

“The Cambodian authorities’s outrageous mishandling of this COVID-19 lockdown is inflicting untold struggling and sweeping human rights violations throughout the nation,” stated Yamini Mishra, Amnesty Worldwide’s Asia-Pacific Regional Director.

“Proper now, residents of ‘pink zones’ and others in Cambodia are going hungry due to essentially unreasonable insurance policies.”

Cambodian authorities have requested residents within the pink zones to use for meals support and stated they distributed rice and canned fishes to tens of 1000’s of family every day.

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