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Cambodia halts ‘Competition of the Lifeless’ after COVID-19 outbreak

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia has cancelled its “Competition of the Lifeless” – an annual vacation the place the Buddhist devoted pay respects to deceased kinfolk – after a coronavirus outbreak amongst monks within the capital.

Worshippers across the nation go to pagodas through the two-week Pchum Ben competition to supply prayers and meals to the spirits of their ancestors.

This 12 months’s observance started on Wednesday (Sep 22) however will come to an early finish on the weekend after almost 50 Buddhist monks examined constructive for coronavirus and authorities locked down their temple in Phnom Penh.

The competition cancellation was “crucial to regulate the unfold of COVID-19 … on the time that Cambodia is reopening faculties and is planning to reopen the nation,” Prime Minister Hun Sen stated in a Thursday night time assertion.

Cambodia largely averted the unfold of the pandemic final 12 months however surging infections since have seen greater than 105,000 instances and almost 2,200 deaths.

It has nonetheless received reward for a swift vaccine drive, with Cambodia’s well being ministry claiming that over 98 per cent of the nation’s grownup inhabitants has obtained at the least one dose.

Faculties in some lower-risk components of the nation reopened final week and Hun Sen stated a pilot scheme to permit totally vaccinated worldwide travellers to go to is into account.

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