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Hungarian exposes 90 to Covid in Siem Reap

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The Hungarian had travelled from France and reached Cambodia on September 13. Fresh News

Hungarian exposes 90 to Covid in Siem Reap

The Ministry of Health has discovered 90 people who have been exposed directly or indirectly to a Hungarian man infected with Covid-19.

They all are required to quarantine at home and the hospital. The ministry is searching for other affected people.

Among the 90, one is the Hungarian man’s wife who lives in Siem Reap, and another is a tuk-tuk driver who drove the man around the town to buy paintings. They are being quarantined at Siem Reap Referral Hospital after initial test results were negative.

Three other people are the tuk-tuk driver’s wife and kids. They are being quarantined at home.

Another is a taxi driver who drove the man from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. He is waiting on his test result and is quarantined at home.

The 84 others were passengers on the same flight with the man. Officials are contacting them for testing.

The Ministry of Health said on Sunday that the shop in Siem Reap where the Hungarian bought paintings is under surveillance even though he was there for a short while and wore a mask.

The Hungarian is described as 70 and lives in Svay Dangkum commune, in Siem Reap district.

He was tested at a laboratory in Siem Reap after 13 days of quarantine and was suspected of having the virus. He then tested positive for Covid-19 on September 26 at Institut Pasteur du Cambodge.

The Hungarian had travelled from France and reached Cambodia on September 13. He left Phnom Penh on September 16 in a private taxi to Siem Reap.

On September 26, the ministry reported that he escaped from quarantine at home while awaiting test results. However, the ministry announced hours later that he had returned home after buying a painting.

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