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Increased vigilance urged as Delta surges across Kingdom

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Medical workers prepare to take samples from vendors and people living in the vicinity of O’Russey market in Phnom Penh’s Prampi Makara district on Sunday. FACEBOOK

Increased vigilance urged as Delta surges across Kingdom

The Ministry of Health urged the public to increase vigilance as Cambodia’s confirmed Delta cases has reached 1,752 while also calling on them not to discriminate among the different types of Covid vaccines.

In a press statement on August 29, it said Delta has spread to most parts of the country, with only Kep and Kratie provinces having been spared from the highly contagious variant.

Phnom Penh registered the most cases at 532, followed by Banteay Meanchey at 325, Oddar Meanchey at 225 and Siem Reap at 180.

In Phnom Penh, medical workers from the Samdech Techo Voluntary Youth Doctor Association (TYDA) took samples for testing from more than 100 residents in the vicinity of Chumpu Voan market in Por Sen Chey district’s Chom Chao III commune and found one person infected with the virus.

In the capital’s Prampi Makara district, TYDA took samples from 333 vendors and residents in the vicinity of O’Russey market and found six of them positive.

Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine, who is also head of the national Covid-19 vaccination committee, on August 29 reiterated her call for increased vigilance.

“Our people must not relax their guard at any moment, though we have vaccinated nearly 10 million people. We have to continue to fight the virus together,” she said.

Vandine urged the public to get vaccinated and not to discriminate among the different Covid-19 jabs available because they have all undergone thorough studies and clinical trials before being put into use.

Vandine made the call after Prime Minister Hun Sen hinted that the Chinese-made Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines would be the main jabs used as booster doses as the government has sufficient supplies of them.

To date, the government has used the AstraZeneca vaccines as a booster dose for frontline workers including medical and military personnel and those most at risk in the provinces on the Cambodian-Thai border.

“The vaccines all share similarities. I’ve noticed that some of our people seem to discriminate against a particular make of vaccine. We should not, because before any vaccine is introduced for public use, it would have undergone thorough research and tests,” she said.


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