Cambodia: Covid-19 cases and death toll still rising; 830 infections and 25 deaths reported on Sunday (Sept 26)


A medical worker collecting a swab sample from monks for Covid-19 testing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Saturday (Sept 25, 2021). - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

PHNOM PENH, Sept 26 (Phnom Penh Post/ANN): The Cambodian Ministry of Health on Sunday reported 830 new Covid-19 cases, 98 of which were imported.

The ministry also reported 25 new deaths and 473 recoveries.

More than 80 per cent of the Kingdom’s total population of 16 million have been vaccinated against Covid-19, at least with their first doses, according to the Ministry of Health.

Vaccinations for the 6-11 age group of over 1.8 million have reached 70 per cent.

As of September 26, Cambodia had recorded a total of 109,087 Covid-19 cases with 100,655 recoveries and 2,243 fatalities.

Medical workers from the Phnom Penh municipal Department of Health and the Samdech Techo Voluntary Youth Doctor Association (TYDA) have talso aken samples from monks and laypeople at more than 150 pagodas in the capital for testing after an outbreak of Covid-19 during the first two days of the 15-day Pchum Ben festival.

Cambodian Buddhists observe Pchum Ben for 15 days from Sept 22 to Oct 6, with the principal festivities celebrated from October 5-7, ending a day after the main day of “great offering”, or Ben Thom, on Oct 6 coinciding with the new moon. The holiday is dedicated to their ancestors and is an occasion for families to get together.

Health department director Ngy Mean Heng said the collection took place at 151 pagodas on September 23-24.

TYDA took samples from 75 pagodas while the department collected them at the other 76. Mean did not specify how many monks and laypeople have been tested or how many have been found to be positive. - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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