Digital Desk, Phnom Penh. Cambodia has lifted a ban on all flights to and from Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, as most of the state’s population has been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The announcement was made by Health Minister Mam Buneng. The decision to lift the ban was made by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday and took effect immediately, Xinhua news agency quoted Buneng as saying. This is part of the country’s move to gradually reopen social and economic activities and reactivate air transport services in all sectors, the health minister said.
Cambodia banned all flights from three ASEAN member states in August last year in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said the ban was lifted after Cambodia gave at least one dose of the Kovid vaccine to 85.33 percent of its 16 million population. Of them, 1.294 crore, or 80.8 per cent, have been fully vaccinated, and 16.2 lakh, or 10.1 per cent, have received a booster dose, he said. MOH said, 144 new cases of corona were reported in the state in the last 24 hours, taking the national infection tally to 117,644, while 10 deaths were recorded, taking the total number of deaths to 2,725.