Phnom Penh (VNA), Jan. 4 -- Cambodia has stepped up checks along its borders with Vietnam and Thailand, as the new strain of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the COVID-19, has been detected in the two countries.

Battambang province deputy governor Soeum Bunrithy said that he has already prepared preventive measures by placing forces along the border and some corridors 100 metres apart to monitor people entering the country, of whom some try to avoid doing quarantine by hiring taxis to return to their homes.

Bunrithy called for Cambodians working in Thailand to follow the instructions of the Thai authorities all times in the wake of the new strain of the virus.

Meanwhile, Ly Sary, deputy governor of Banteay Meanchey province, sa...