Prime Minister Hun Sen and the roughly 1,300 people who were in direct and indirect contact with Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto during his November 3 visit tested negative for Covid-19 and are awaiting a fourth, final test, according to the Ministry of Health.
In a press release, the health ministry said in the third test the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC) examined 1,195 samples, all of which came out negative, and was to test the remaining 105 samples on November 15.
“From November 4 to 14, a total of 3,762 samples were tested – including those from 1,741 people in the first round of tests, 825 people in the second and 1,195 samples in the third. The results showed that four of the people tested positive for Covid-19 and are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital,” it said.
In the same press release, it said as of November 14, there was no new Covid-19 positive or recovery case.
Cambodia has so far recorded a total of 302 Covid-19 cases, with 13 patients remaining hospitalised.
In a Facebook post on November 14, Hun Sen said he and his family tested negative after having their samples examined for the third time and were awaiting a fourth, final test.
“I am continuing self-quarantine until November 18, when the fourth and final test is conducted. Hopefully, the results for me, my wife and the more than 1,000 people who have self-quarantined since November 4 will come out negative again. This would reduce concerns about Covid-19 in Phnom Penh and Kandal province and lead to school reopening,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said the government was set to provide more than two million face masks and some medical supplies to Laos as part of the Cambodia’s contribution to the global fight against Covid-19.
He said the masks and medical supplies will be flown to the Lao capital Vientiane on Monday morning on a Cambodian chartered flight.
Kin Phea, the director of the Royal Academy of Cambodia’s International Relations Institute, said this was a gesture of goodwill and friendship. It shows that Cambodia is more than willing to help neighbours in difficult time even though it is not a rich country.
“We know Cambodia and Laos are countries that have had good relations. We are good neighbours that always support each other. This shows the value of friendship and cooperation between our two countries.
“In diplomatic terms, Cambodia is on the right track, having set an example for other countries in the region that face the same challenges. In this difficult time, we can share and help each other to the best of our ability,” he said.