Prime Minister Hun Sen has given the green light for anyone who contracts the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron mutation or any other variant to convalesce or receive treatment at home or in any other reasonable non-healthcare setting.
The new decision supersedes a restriction on home care for patients infected with Omicron that was issued by the premier early this month, due to the variant of concern’s increased transmissibility.
In a special audio message addressed to the Health Ministry and relevant authorities late on Friday, Hun Sen said Omicron was “not as dangerous” as other strains such as Delta or Alpha.
“All patients are free to choose a suitable place, and should only seek treatment at state hospitals if they cannot find an appropriate location for care,” he stressed.
“There is no requirement for anyone to be admitted to hospital for treatment, like Omicron patients were required to do before this.
“If any patients with Omicron who are currently receiving care at hospital – foreign nationals and Cambodians alike – would like to be discharged from hospital and continue treatment at home or at a hotel, please allow them to leave – from tonight.
“This order is immediately effective from the time I send out this message,” Hun Sen said. — The Phnom Penh Post/ANN