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Covid rapid test on border a must: Minister

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Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng instructed the governors of all provinces bordering Thailand, Laos and Vietnam to give rapid tests to all inbound travelers who enter Cambodia via maritime and land borders without exception. SUPPLIED

Covid rapid test on border a must: Minister

Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng instructed the governors of all provinces bordering Thailand, Laos and Vietnam to give rapid tests to all inbound travelers who enter Cambodia via maritime and land borders without exception.

The instruction came following the removal of quarantine requirements for unvaccinated travelers and those who are only partially vaccinated on July 8.

“To reduce the risk of spreading new variants of Covid-19 from abroad via Cambodian migrant workers who return to Cambodia through waterways and on land from Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 with base shots and booster shot, they are required to take the rapid test free of charge,” the minister said.

Bun Heng, who is also the head of inter-ministerial committee combating Covid-19, said that if they are found to be positive but with mild symptoms they could recover at home for those who have suitable dwellings. Or they have the option of staying at hotels or guesthouses if they can afford to do so during their period of recovery.

“If they have severe symptoms, health authorities must bring them for treatment at a hospital with appropriate care by doctors,” he added.

Cambodia has recently reported cases of the Omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5, after the Kingdom had reported zero new cases for more than 50 days.

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