Cambodia: Delta variant detected in returning migrant workers

Migrant workers returning from Thailand through O’Smach border checkpoint in Banteay Meanchey province. - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

PHNOM PENH, June 20 (Phnomm Penh Post/ANN): The Delta variant of the novel coronavirus, first identified in India and previously known as B.1.617.2, has been detected in seven Cambodian migrant workers who recently returned from Thailand through border checkpoints, the Ministry of Health has announced.

The ministry said the seven cases have been found in five different provinces – one in Banteay Meanchey, two in Oddar Meanchey, two in Siem Reap, one in Kampong Cham and another in Kampot. The results have been confirmed by the Institut pasteur du Cambodge on June 18.

The migrant workers are aged 19 to 47. Five of them returned from Bangkok and the other two from Chonburi province in Thailand between June 5-8 through different border checkpoints.

The ministry reminded the public to take the most precaution and strictly follow health guidelines, and those who might have been in contact with Covid-19 positive persons to self-quarantine to prevent the variant from spreading to the community.

On June 4, the ministry also announced three cases of such a variants on workers returning from Thailand.

Cambodia Sunday reported 659 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the national caseload to 42,711 so far, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a statement.

The new infections included 607 local cases and 52 imported cases, the ministry said.

Seventeen more fatalities had been recorded, taking the overall death toll to 431, the ministry said, adding that 621 patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 37,489.

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

To date, some 3.31 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 2.7 million of them have been fully vaccinated with two doses. - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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