WHO urges fast, collective actions as Cambodia races against Covid-19 variants


A woman (right) buys quail bird meat outside the Central market in Phnom Penh. - AFP

PHNOM PENH, July 31 (Xinhua): World Health Organisation (WHO) representative to Cambodia Li Ailan has called for swift and collective actions as Cambodia is racing against Covid-19 variants.

In a statement released late on Friday, Li said the pandemic is far from over, and the numbers of daily confirmed Covid-19 cases and deaths remain high in Cambodia.

The Delta variant has been detected amongst migrants returning through land borders and is now in the local community, she said, adding that the Delta variant spreads faster than other known variants and is the most transmissible variant so far.

"We are racing against new variants. We must act today, and we must act fast to have no regrets tomorrow," Li said.

The WHO has been advising and focusing on support in a number of important areas for a swift response, she said, adding that it includes the suppression of transmission through early detection, situation analysis and targeted non-pharmaceutical interventions, the acceleration of Covid-19 vaccination, and the increase of patient care capacity.

Cambodia is at a critical moment. The government has taken some tough decisions including the lockdowns in eight border provinces and the launch of the national campaign as important steps in fighting the pandemic, especially in response to the Delta variant.

Effective implementation and good public compliance will determine the success of these interventions, she said.

"I urge everyone to take every necessary and recommended action to protect themselves, their families and others from getting infected by the virus. Our collective actions will determine our success or failure in fighting against Covid-19," Li said.

"We must stand together and act together to save lives, protect the health system and minimize disruption to the society," she added.

Li said the Covid-19 vaccine rollout has progressed well in Cambodia and remains a key strategy.

The WHO strongly recommends that everyone, regardless of their vaccination status, continue to follow preventive behaviors such as wearing a mask, maintaining physical distancing, washing hands with soap frequently, avoiding crowded, confined, and closed spaces, and avoiding gatherings, she added. - Xinhua

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Cambodia , Covid-19 , WHO , Virus , Variants , Rising Cases

   

Next In Aseanplus News

Cambodian bride ‘badly treated, held captive’ by Chinese man seeks help
BNM's international reserves at US$116.2bil as at Sept 15
K-drama actress Seo Yi-sook to take legal action over fake news of her death
Xi Jinping’s US envoy invokes Lincoln in declaring China a democracy
Radzi: Rotation system when schools reopen is to ease parents' fears of overcrowding
China stocks end higher, Evergrande's assurances lift real estate firms
Vietnam president hosts CEO of US’ Quantum Group
Power-hungry: Bitcoin syndicate busted by cops for stealing RM24mil worth of electricity
Japan doubles Covid-19 vaccine donation pledge to 60 million doses
Cambodia reports 22 more Covid deaths and 638 new infections

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers