Phnom Penh (FN), Feb. 1 – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reaffirmed Monday morning that Cambodia will not declare a state of emergency.

"I reaffirm that there will be no state of emergency. I would rather call on people to join the government in fighting COVID19. If we put our country in state of emergency, the Kingdom will suffer huge economic losses,” he said.

Premier Hun Sen appealed to citizens not to panic, but practice preventive health measures set out by the Ministry of Health, including washing hands, wearing masks, and practicing social distancing.

A state of emergency can be enforced when the nation faces dangers of wars, invasion by foreign forces, contagious disease infections, chaos which affects national security and public order, and severe danger and national threat.

The law sets the legal procedures to implement Article 22 of the Constitution and gives the power to the government to set the necessary measures to respond to the state of emergency.