Phnom Penh (FN), Sep. 23 – Cambodian government announced to suspend Pchum Ben festival to fight community outbreak of COVID19, according to the government's decision dated 23 September 2021.

So far, more than 45 cases were detected in pagodas in just two days of the festival.

"I am very concerned that after Pchum Ben festival, the number of COVID19 patients and deaths may increase, which poses a serious risk to the nation. Some rural areas begin to detect high COVID19 cases, which could impact the plan to re-open schools," the premier addressed in a special voice message earlier today.

The Kingdom will adhere to three-day holiday of Pchum Ben as set by the sub-decree dated 26 August 2020.