Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Four more Cambodian peacekeepers get Covid-19 in Mali

Four more Cambodian peacekeepers get Covid-19 in Mali

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
A total of 10 Cambodian Blue Helmet soldiers in Mali have contracted Covid-19. Supplied

Four more Cambodian peacekeepers get Covid-19 in Mali

Four more Cambodian Blue Helmet peacekeepers in Mali have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, bringing the number of infected Cambodian UN peacekeepers to 10.

National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces and Explosive Remnants of War deputy director-general and spokeswoman Kosal Malinda told The Post on Tuesday that the news broke on Saturday, the same day it was announced that another Cambodian Blue Helmet soldier had died of Covid-19 in Mali.

All the troops infected by Covid-19 are stationed in Mali. One has died, two have recovered and seven are being treated.

“The seven are still healthy but they are in quarantine and they are being treated by UN doctors,” she said.

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said Friday that 130 peacekeeping forces have been infected by Covid-19.

The UN, he said, now has 950,000 peacekeepers serving 13 missions around the world.

Cambodia has 780 Blue Helmet troops separated into five main divisions, according to the Ministry of Defence. They are serving in six countries – Lebanon, Sudan, South Sudan, Mali, the Central African Republic and Yemen.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported 150,000 Covid-19 cases in Africa as of Tuesday.


  • Tourists urged not to skip trip

    The Ministry of Tourism has called on international tourists not to cancel trips to Cambodia, but urged them to adhere to several dos and don’ts when arriving in the Kingdom during the Covid-19 pandemic. The ministry released an eight-point instruction manual on Wednesday published

  • The taxman cometh – Cambodia’s capital gains tax casts the net on individual taxpayers

    In a country where only limited personal income tax existed, the new taxation law beginning January 1, 2021, will make taxpayers out of Cambodians, whether they are ready for it or not About two years ago, a little known amendment was made to Article 7 of the Law

  • Cambodian-American gets Star Trek treatment

    Kevin Ung, a Cambodian-American whose family escaped genocide during the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror, was recently selected from thousands of applicants to participate in the Television Academy Foundation’s inaugural 2020 Star Trek Command Training Programme, a course intended to give hands-on filmmaking experience

  • Cambodia seeks to be transport hub

    Cambodia is working on several fronts to modernise its transport infrastructure and services, concentrating on opening new international gates to relieve and balance traffic congestion at its borders, Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said on Thursday. This is part of the Kingdom’

  • PM: West unfair to Cambodia

    Prime Minister Hun Sen released a message celebrating the International Day of Peace on Monday, saying that some major powers and western countries had been systemically cooperating to put political pressure on Cambodia as they did in the 1970s and 1980s. Hun Sen said pressuring

  • Deminers unearth ancient lion statue

    Cambodia Mine Action Centre (CMAC) director-general Heng Ratana told The Post on Tuesday that a statue of a lion was found by mine clearance experts while they were digging for a development project. It was sent to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts last