Cambodia's Covid-19 infection rates continue to rise as 799 new cases confirmed

A woman has her samples taken for Covid-19 testing in Phnom Penh. Phnom Penh Post/ANN

PHNOM PENH, June 18 (Phnom Penh Post/ANN)): Cambodia registered 799 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, bringing the national case tally to 41, 581, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a statement.

The new infections included 702 local cases and 97 imported cases, the MoH said.

Fourteen more fatalities were recorded, taking the overall death toll to 394, the ministry said, adding that 910 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 35, 940.

The Southeast Asian nation launched a Covid-19 inoculation drive on Feb 10.

To date, some 3.2 million out of the 10 million targeted adult population have received their first vaccine dose, MoH's secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine said, adding that 2.64 million of them have been fully vaccinated with two doses.

Meanwhile, World Bank on June 17 projected Cambodia’s economic growth to accelerate to 4.0 per cent this year after contracting 3.1 per cent in 2020, thanks to a fast rollout of Covid-19 vaccines and the revitalisation of global demand.

However, the Washington-based multilateral lender also offers a downside scenario, in which the jab drive loses too much steam and is accompanied by frequent, prolonged and nationwide lockdowns. Under this scenario, the economy is projected to grow by just 1.0 per cent in 2021, it said.

In its latest Economic Update for Cambodia entitled Road to Recovery launched at a virtual press conference, the World Bank cautioned that recovery in the Kingdom remains uneven and volatile, due in part to a lockdown imposed to control the spread of Covid-19.

“Cambodia’s growth outlook remains highly uncertain, with the shape and pace of recovery largely dependent on the course of the virus and the speed at which vaccines can be rolled out,” it said. - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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