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Cambodia Reports Daily Record of 698 COVID-19 Cases

Workers receive food donations inside a 'red zone', which has stricter lockdown measures imposed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 28, 2021. REUTERS/Cindy Liu

Cambodia reported a daily record of 698 new coronavirus cases, the health ministry said in a statement issued late Wednesday, as the country struggles to contain a wave of infections that emerged about two months ago.

The Southeast Asian nation has recorded one of the world's smallest caseloads, but the outbreak first detected in late February has seen infections climb to 11,761, with 88 COVID-19 deaths.

Authorities have put Phnom Penh and the nearby town of Takhmau under lockdown until May 5, while all markets were shut in the capital on Saturday.

The government has, however, eased movement restrictions for some residents in "yellow" zones designated as safe, while those in "red" and "orange" zones are still banned from leaving their homes except for medical reasons.