Cambodian PM thanks China for its assistance as country logs 431 new Covid-19 cases, four more deaths


Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

PHNOM PENH, April 20 (Xinhua/Phnom Penh Post-ANN): Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Tuesday said he greatly valued China's leading role in helping other countries to prevent and combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a speech delivered via a video-conference to the opening session of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2021, Hun Sen said the COVID-19 pandemic continues posing serious threats to global public health and overall development.

"No country is safe unless all countries are safe," he said.

"Cambodia greatly values China's attentiveness and commitment in the implementation of the Health Silk Road under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as well as the leading role in providing medicines, medical supplies and COVID-19 vaccines in a timely manner to many countries," he added.

The Cambodian prime minister said China's humanitarian assistance "bears vivid testimony of China's global leadership."

He also expressed his profound gratitude to the government and people of China for supplying medicines, medical supplies and COVID-19 vaccines to Cambodia.

The 2021 BFA was held online and offline in Boao, a coastal resort in South China's Hainan Province, under the theme "A World in Change: Join Hands to Strengthen Global Governance and Advance Belt and Road Cooperation."

Hun Sen said the world does need a global governance that upholds multilateralism and respects international laws and sovereignty of each individual nation, regardless of its size or wealth, with the United Nations as the core.

Meanwhile, Cambodia on Tuesday recorded 431 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 and four more fatalities in the last 24 hours, the country's Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a statement.

The new infections included two imported cases and 429 local cases, with 271 of them reported in capital Phnom Penh, 133 in Preah Sihanouk province, 10 in Kandal province, four each in Kampong Cham and Takeo provinces, two in Prey Veng province and one each in Kampong Chhnang, Kampong Thom, Tboung Khmum, Svay Rieng and Kampot provinces, the statement said.

The Southeast Asian nation also reported the recovery of 31 Covid-19 patients.

Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak in the country, Cambodia has officially registered a total of 7,444 confirmed cases with 49 deaths, according to the MoH. There are currently 4,835 active cases in the kingdom.

In another matter, Hun Sen is set to leave for the April 24 Asean summit in Jakarta, this time in a visit without the traditional escort of senior officials as the Kingdom observes strict Covid-19 measures including social distancing and lockdown amid the ongoing community outbreak.

In an audio message addressed to deputy prime ministers, senior ministers and ministers on April 20, Hun Sen said if they saw him off at the airport, they would have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

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