Four new Covid-19 cases in Cambodia bring total to 102


Pedicab drivers move through an empty street in Phnom Penh, Cambodia,on March 27, 2020. Cambodia's health ministry has produced a short video to educate people on how to prevent contracting Covid-19. - AP

PHNOM PENH (Xinhua): Cambodia's Ministry of Health (MoH) said on Saturday (March 28)that four more persons tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of the confirmed cases in the kingdom to 102.

The new patients are a Cambodian family of four members including a 62-year-old father, 61-year-old mother, a 39-year-old son and a 37-year-old daughter, the ministry said in a statement.

They had travelled to France, it said, adding that the son returned to Phnom Penh on March 15 and the rest of them returned on March 24.

"Their cases are mild," MoH's secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine said in the statement.

"Currently, they have been put under quarantine for treatment at the Chak Angre Krom Health Centre in Phnom Penh."

The family members tested positive for the virus by the Pasteur Institute of Cambodia on Thursday, she said, adding that no new case of the virus was detected on Friday.

To date, 13 of the 102 patients in Cambodia have recovered and been discharged from hospitals, she said.

Meanwhile, Vandine said that two out of a group of 174 Chinese nationals, who flew to Cambodia from the Philippines earlier this week, tested negative for the virus and they will be allowed to leave the Svay Rieng provincial hospital on Saturday.

The group flew to Cambodia from the Philippines via a flight on March 24 in order to wait for a connecting flight to China, and they had been arranged to stay at a hotel in Bavet City in southeast Svay Rieng province.

"Two of them, a 26-year-old man and a 32-year-old man, had high body temperatures and their samples were taken for tests at the Pasteur Institute of Cambodia, and the results showed that they are negative for the Covid-19," she said.

Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Friday called on people, who just returned from abroad, especially those from Thailand, to self-isolate for 14 days at home and to contact a hotline if they have any suspicious symptoms of Covid-19.

He said more than 40,000 Cambodian migrant workers have returned to the kingdom from Thailand in recent days after Thailand closed its borders earlier this week. - Xinhua

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