Cambodia's new Covid-19 cluster cases top 340; a growing issue in the capital in fight against pandemic

Medical officials conducted a nose swab to test for the Covid-19 coronavirus in Phnom Penh on February 28. - The Phnom Penh Post/ANN

PHNOM PENH, March 2 (Phnom Penh Post/ANN): The Cambodian Ministry of Health on Tuesday confirmed 24 more Covid-19 cases linked to the February 20 community transmission, bringing the total to 340.

The 24 include four Vietnamese nationals and four Cambodians, with the rest being Chinese.

Among the 24, six -- three Cambodians and three Chinese nationals -- stay in Preah Sihanouk province and are receiving treatment there.

Another patient is a Chinese woman who registers her address in Phnom Penh, but has been admitted to the Chey Chumneas Referral Hospital in Kandal province for treatment.

The rest are being treated in the capital.

The latest cases bring the Kingdom's Covid-19 tally to 844, with 478 having been discharged from hospitals.

The latest recovery reported by the ministry on March 2 is a Cambodian migrant worker from Kampot province's Banteay Meas district who arrived from Thailand on February 18. He was discharged from the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Referral Hospital after his second test came back negative.

Cambodia on Monday also had confirmed 15 new cases.

Those new infections included 14 locally transmitted cases in capital Phnom Penh and Preah Sihanouk province and one imported case, the statement said.

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen last week called on all people involved in the third community outbreak on Feb 20 to seek Covid-19 tests and to undergo a 14-day quarantine at their houses.

In an effort to contain the outbreak, schools, gyms and entertainment venues as well as dozens of businesses have been temporarily closed. - The Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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