Phnom Penh (FN), Sep. 12 – Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen called on monks and citizens nationwide to high stay alert of COVID19 during Pchum Ben festival, speaking in a special voice message on Monday morning (Sep 12).

“Although the pandemic [COVID19] is at low risk, I would like to urge all monks in the pagodas and the citizens nationwide to further implement health measures in order to prevent the spread of this pandemic at the pagodas and later at home,” the premier underlined.

“The low reported case of COVID19 daily indicated the successful of vaccination campaign as the kingdom has worked hard to purchase and donations from friend countries. Importantly, the campaign will not succeed without the participation from the monks and the citizens,” the premier continued.

Samdech added, "this year, we are able to celebrate this festival in accordance with our Buddhist traditions. Everyone is happy to celebrate the festival, in particular the business people are able to gain more profit compared to the previous years”.

The COVID19 cases in the kingdom has dramatically dropped in recent months. The daily infection confirmed case has been below 10 while there was no death case confirmed since April 2022.

Last year, the Royal Government immediately issued a decision to suspend the Kan Ben and Pchum Ben festival since Ben 4 to prevent the spread of COVID19.