COVID 19 really has some negative impact on the digital economy in Cambodia. However, I think it encourages people and the government to adopt digital social innovation to control the spread and pre cautiousness in the country. I think COVID 19 has a negative impact on hotels and all the online booking because a lot of people cancel their bookings like hotels and airlines, so it affects the profit and jobs of the people. Many airlines were closed to prevent the spread of the virus. Moreover, farmers were facing difficulties as well because their products weren’t sold out and even they are able to sell, it is at a cheap price.
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Some of the digital social innovation that Cambodia adopted from the trend is the Coronavirus screening machine that is placed at the airport. However, it is very limited and lacks adequate equipment to check if the travelers have the disease or not. In addition, at every point of entry, the government installed thermal-scanners. Besides thermo-scanner, there is indicator-based surveillance for a respiratory infection. Cambodia also has the hotline 115 to report the case as well.
Technology plays a major role in the prevention of COVID 19 and Cambodia is also trying to develop an application for COVID 19 information. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport is calling upon members of the public to join a competition to create a mobile application that highlights important information on COVID-19. The competition name is called the “Khmer Education Covid-19 app. The application is meant to encourage good health management and prevention of global pandemic among local citizens. It is also meant to be utilized specifically by educational officials nationwide as a guide to spread accurate news on the virus.