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Kingdom’s virus toll tops 84, Cambodians in Thailand rush home

Kingdom’s virus toll tops 84, Cambodians in Thailand rush home

The Ministry of Health on Sunday night confirmed another 31 cases of coronavirus infections, bringing the Kingdom’s total to 84 and its highest daily tally. There have been no fatalities thus far.

The latest cases were found in 29 French tourists and their two Cambodian tour guides in Sihanoukville, a day after two French tourists in the same group contracted the virus.

The tourists, including 12 men and 17 women aged between 48 and 69, were among a total of 36 tourists visiting the coastal town. They arrived on March 18 and were due to leave on Saturday.

All were staying at the Independence Hotel, which has since been quarantined, said provincial police chief Chuon Narin. “We have put the seven-storey hotel under strict quarantine,” he said in his report to higher authorities.

Meanwhile, a large number of Cambodian workers from Thailand rushed to enter the Kingdom just before that country closed its borders. (Pleas read The Post for full story).

Ministry of Health spokesman Or Vandine could not be reached for comment. It remains unclear if those migrant workers are at risk of spreading the virus.

Vandine requested officials at all border checkpoints to closely monitor the returning workers’ health. She said all checkpoints must have a quarantine team, and all workers must fill out a health form. She told officials to instruct migrant workers to self-quarantine for 14 days.

“Please do whatever possible to make them understand the issue, and avoid spreading the disease to their families back home. Please pay high attention to this in order to avoid spreading more Covid-19 in Cambodia,” Vandine stressed.

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