Kandal (FN), Jun. 22 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said that Covid-19 has pushed people to adapt to a "new normal" life, speaking at the construction site of a new airport in Kandal province's Kandal Stung district on Monday.
“Covid-19 has put us in an ambiguous situation. The question is when will it end? What will happen in the future? So far, Covid-19 has changed people's behaviours which have been deeply rooted for thousands of years to something new,” said Prime Minister Hun Sen.
"Covid-19 is full of uncertainties, but the only certain thing is Covid-19 disease could not destroy the world," said the Premier.
He added that before Covid-19, the sky is full of air traffics, but at this stage, all traffics have been temporarily suspended to prevent the spread of the virus.
Premier Hun Sen is optimistic that scientists will find Covid-19 vaccine, yet life is not the same anymore; it will return to a new normal as announced by the World Health Organization.
Dr Li Ailan, WHO representative to Cambodia, warned that people’s daily life would not be the same anymore, according to her article published on the Phnom Penh Post on .
“Today, many Cambodians believe the threat of the Covid-19 has passed and that life is back to normal. However, we cannot go back to the way things were. Defeating this new virus is a long-term battle. Covid-19 has created a new world. In response, we must create a “new normal”– a world that is healthier, safer and better prepared.”
Since the beginning of the outbreak, a total of 129 cases in Cambodia have been reported to WHO. The last case was confirmed on 18 June. So far, 126 have successfully recovered.
The Royal Government of Cambodia, WHO Cambodia, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute Pasteur in Cambodia, and many other organisations and private businesses are working to minimise impacts of COVID-19 in Cambodia.