The Southeast Asian country of just over 16 million people, one of the least impacted by the novel coronavirus with just 392 infections and no deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, saw a rare cluster of cases in November.

On Monday, students wearing masks lined up for temperature checks and hand washing before being allowed to enter the Sovannaphumi primary school in the capital Phnom Penh.

While private schools have started reopening this week, students at public schools are due to return next week.

At the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a former Khmer Rouge torture centre and prison in the capital, staff and “tuk tuk” motorcycle taxi drivers awaited the arrival of visitors.

“I am worried that we can get infected, but I see that we Cambodians are following the instructions set by the government on wearing masks, washing hands with alcohol or soap and social distancing,” said Theun Ngor, a 43-year-old tuk-tuk driver.