More deadly Delta Variant virus cases confirmed in Cambodia as Covid-19 cases and death toll keep rising

The Cambodian Ministry of Health on Sunday (Aug 8, 2020) reported another 556 Covid-19 cases, 154 of which were imported. - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

PHNOM PENH, Aug. 8 (Xinhua): Cambodia's Ministry of Health (MoH) announced on Sunday that another 58 new cases of the Delta Covid-19 variant were detected, taking the kingdom's total number of the Delta variant cases to 385.

Laboratory testing conducted by the Pasteur Institute in Cambodia found the Delta variant on 51 local people, including four health workers, and seven laborers returning from neighboring Thailand, the MoH said in a statement.

The local infections were spotted in capital Phnom Penh and the provinces of Preah Vihear, Oddar Meanchey, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap, Battambang, Kandal, Kampong Thom and Ratanakiri, it added.

The Cambodian Ministry of Health on Sunday (Aug 8) also reported another 556 Covid-19 cases, 154 of which were imported.

The ministry also reported 25 new deaths and 750 recoveries.

As of August 8, Cambodia had recorded a total of 81,891 Covid-19 cases with 75,495 recoveries and 1,562 fatalities.

MoH's secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine called on people to be more cautious as the Delta variant spread much faster than previously circulating strains.

"Based on the above-mentioned results, the Delta variant has been spreading in our communities," she said in the statement. "People who are required to undergo a quarantine must strictly abide by the rules in order to prevent large-scale community transmission."

The spokeswoman also advised citizens to continue following a guideline on three do's and three don'ts to stem the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

The three do's include wearing a face mask, washing hands regularly, and maintaining physical distancing of 1.5 meters, and the three don'ts are avoiding confined and enclosed spaces, avoiding crowded spaces, and avoiding touching each other. - Xinhua

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