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Highly infamous Feb 20 Community Event COVID-19 scourge brought to its knees


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Nine months ago, four Chinese women bribed their way out of quarantine. Two of them were Covid-19 positive and they went about on liaisons in several locations, sparking what became infamously known as the February 20 Community Event.


Khmer Times exposed the sequence of events which brought Phnom Penh to its knees to lockdowns, coloured zones to define levels of infections and which had a direct impact on expediting vaccination with the army being deployed.


What seemed to be an innocuous event, the escape of the four through bribery, brought Cambodia’s biggest tragedy in terms of rapid rise in COVID-19 vaccinations not only in Phnom Penh but also to other provinces. In just the first six days of the event, the Ministry of Health had confirmed that the number of hotspots linked to it had increased to 63 locations which included schools, restaurants, clubs and apartments.



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