China provides mine-clearance equipment, vehicles for Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Jan 19 (Xinhua): China donated mine-clearance equipment and devices as well as vehicles to the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) on Tuesday.

Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian handed over the donation to CMAA's first Vice President Ly Thuch at a ceremony held in Phnom Penh.

The donation included landmine detectors, demining personal protective equipment outfits, protective helmets, boots, and pick-up trucks, among others.

Wang expressed his belief that China's humanitarian assistance would help reduce landmine and explosive remnants of war (ERW) casualties in Cambodia.

"China will continue to assist Cambodia to achieve the target of eliminating all types of mines and ERWs by 2025," he said.

Cambodia is one of the most landmine-affected countries in the world.

Ly Thuch extended his profound gratitude to China for providing mine-clearance assistance, saying that the aid was essential to save lives of people living under the threat of landmines and ERWs.

Meanwhile, Cambodia on Tuesday (Jan 19) reported two more imported Covid-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections in the kingdom to 441, said a health ministry (MoH) statement.

The new cases were a one-year-old Indonesian boy and a 31-year-old Cambodian woman, the statement said.

The boy is the son of an Indonesian couple who tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Cambodia from Indonesia via Singapore on Jan. 12, it said, adding that the female patient is a migrant worker returning from Thailand on Jan. 15.

Currently, the boy is undergoing treatment at the National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control in Phnom Penh and the woman at the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Referral Hospital in Banteay Meanchey province.

The Southeast Asian nation has registered a total of 441 confirmed COVID-19 cases so far, with zero deaths and 386 recoveries. - Xinhua

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