PHNOM PENH, March 25 (Xinhua) — The Cambodian government on Thursday extended tax breaks for airline companies and tourism-related businesses for another three months from April to June, 2021 to help offset losses caused by the COVID-19.
“The extended measures aim to mitigate the impact of the Feb. 20 community outbreak of COVID-19 on socio-economic situation and to continue supporting businesses in the context of COVID-19,” the government said in a press statement.
The government would continue providing cash reliefs to the poor and vulnerable families for another three months, the statement said.
Also, unemployed workers in the garment-textile, footwear and travel goods sector would continue receiving 40 U.S. dollars from the government and 30 dollars from the suspended factory per month for another three months, while the jobless in tourism would receive 40 dollars a month from the government for the same period, the statement added.
The Southeast Asian nation has been enduring the third community COVID-19 outbreak since Feb. 20. In a bid to stem the virus, the kingdom has shut down all schools, sports facilities, museums, cinemas and entertainment venues nationwide.
Since the start of the pandemic in January last year, Cambodia has officially registered a total of 1,872 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with seven deaths and 1,056 recoveries, the Ministry of Health said on Thursday.
The kingdom launched an anti-COVID-19 vaccination drive with China’s Sinopharm vaccine on Feb. 10 and with Indian-made AstraZeneca vaccine on March 4.
As of Wednesday, some 342,000 people in priority groups had been vaccinated against the virus, according to a government report. Enditem