Authorities from the Banteay Meanchey Province in Cambodia neighbouring Thailand have ordered the temporary closure of casinos amid a spike in covid-19 cases in the region.

The decision did not specify when the casinos would reopen.

“The casino business in Banteay Meanchey province is temporarily closed until further notice,” the decision stated.

Provincial administration director and spokesman Chhoeun Kraiyong said the decision to close casinos came after an outbreak of covid-19 cases from casino players. 

“Seeing the outbreak, the provincial administration decided to suspend all casinos in Poipet town. We wouldn’t have closed them if it wasn’t related,” said Kraiyong.

On Tuesday, Cambodia confirmed 508 new cases of covid-19, bringing the national case total to 11,063. 

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