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Ministry records two new Covid cases, two recoveries

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Ministry records two new Covid cases, two recoveries

The Ministry of Health on Sunday confirmed two new Covid-19 cases in the Kingdom as well as two recoveries.

One of the new Covid-19 patients is a 27-year-old female UN Blue Helmet peacekeeper who returned from Mali on July 10. The other is a 41-year-old Canadian woman who arrived in Cambodia on Friday via South Korea.

The ministry said the peacekeeper had been quarantined since she returned to Cambodia.

Nine of the 80 peacekeepers who returned from Mali on July 10 have tested positive for Covid-19. Four tested positive on July 23 and four others on July 28.

The latest peacekeeper to test positive had been tested five times.

A ministry official said in the past, quarantine measures were not comprehensively applied in Kampong Speu, where the peacekeepers were quarantined.

Ministry spokesperson Or Vandine briefly told The Post on Sunday that all the peacekeepers who returned from Mali would have to be re-tested.

“This group has been found [Covid-19] one after another. So, we have to track them. When we tested the Blue Helmet peacekeeper for the fourth time, the result was not clear. The fifth found her to be positive,” Vandine said.

A ministry press release on Sunday said the peacekeeper who tested positive is being hospitalised at Chey Chumneas hospital in Takmao town, Kandal province.

The Canadian woman was one of 94 passengers who left Uzbekistan before switching planes in South Korea.

She is being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital. The other passengers have been quarantined at a hotel, Pochentong Secondary school, the US embassy or at their homes, the press release said.

As of Sunday, Cambodia had reported 248 positive Covid-19 cases with 217 recoveries while 31 are receiving treatment.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said there has been no community infections.

Cambodia, he said, had laid out clear and thorough measures to prevent the spread of the virus inside the Kingdom.


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