First death from Covid-19 reported

THE nation has confirmed its first death from Covid-19 since the pandemic began more than a year ago as it battles a new local outbreak that has infected hundreds of people.

The 50-year-old man was confirmed infected last month while working as a driver for a Chinese company in coastal Sihanoukville and died in a hospital yesterday morning, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Cambodia has confirmed only 1,163 cases of infection with the coronavirus since the pandemic began, but it is battling a new local outbreak that has infected several hundred people.

According to the Health Ministry, the new outbreak was traced to a foreign resident who broke quarantine in a hotel and went to a nightclub in early February.

That caused a slew of cases and led the government on Feb 20 to close public schools, cinemas, bars and entertainment areas in Phnom Penh for two weeks.

The government has since extended the closures for two more weeks for schools, gyms, concert halls, museums and other venues in Phnom Penh, nearby Kandal province and Sihanoukville. — AP

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