Cambodian health ministry confirms another 27 Omicron cases; local case also confirmed on Sunday (Jan 9)

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PHNOM PENH, Jan 9 (Phnom Penh Post/ANN): The Cambodian Ministry of Health on Saturday night (Jan 8) reported 27 new Covid-19 cases, all of which were imported and confirmed to be the Omicron variant.

The ministry also reported 12 recoveries and no new death.

As of January 8, Cambodia had recorded a total of 120,591 Covid-19 cases with 117,003 recoveries and 3,015 fatalities.

Meanwhile, on Sunday morning (Jan 9), Cambodia also reported its first community transmission of COVID-19 Omicron variant from a Phnom Penh resident, the health ministry said.

The 23-year-old man was confirmed to be infected with the Omicron variant in a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test conducted by the Pasteur institute in Cambodia on Saturday, the ministry said in a statement.

The man tested for the virus while he had looked after his ill cousin at a hospital in Phnom Penh, the ministry said, adding that his cousin, who came to Cambodia from Australia on Dec. 27, had also tested positive for the Omicron variant.

The health ministry's secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine said both persons had traveled to many places in Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kampong Thom, Siem Reap and Kampot.

"This is the (first) Omicron community transmission case," she said in the statement, urging people to continue complying with the three dos and three don'ts measures.

The three dos 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.

World Health Organization (WHO) representative to Cambodia Li Ailan on Sunday called on people to be cautious to curb the spread of Omicron variant into communities.

"It serves as another vital reminder to all of us. We must be ready for a possible surge. Managing Covid-19 risk is everyone's choices and responsibilities," she wrote on Twitter.

Cambodia has so far registered 151 confirmed cases of Omicron, with the latest one being the first community transmission. - Phnom Penh Post/ANN

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