The Ministry of Health on Sunday confirmed two more cases of Covid-19, bringing the total to 128, 39 of whom are women.
While 125 of the 128 patients have been discharged from hospital with another one still recovering, the latest cases were found in two Cambodians from Kampong Cham province.
The men, aged 22 and 29, arrived in the Kingdom on Friday via a direct flight from Indonesia. The pair were travelling with 44 other passengers, including 24 women. Four of the 44 including a four-year-old girl are Indonesian, the rest are Cambodian.
“The two are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital, while the other passengers are being isolated at quarantine centres in Phnom Penh and other provinces where they hail from,” a ministry press release said.
Health ministry spokesperson Or Vandine and secretary of state York Sambath could not be reached for comment on Sunday.
Dr Li Ailan, the World Health Organisation (WHO) representative in Cambodia, commended the ministry’s timely response to the new cases.
“Cambodia continues to detect and respond to additional imported #COVID19 cases. Border measures are important for the current stage. Two new cases reported to WHO over the weekend. Highly appreciate the good response actions being made in Cambodia,” she tweeted on Sunday.
On May 20, the government announced that all foreign passengers except Cambodian passport holders are required to have letters confirming they are free of Covid-19 from the countries of origin and must have health insurance of at least $50,000.
Early last week, it also announced that inbound foreigners will cover quarantine, testing and treatment costs themselves in case they are found to be Covid-19 positive.
Despite a relatively low number of infections and no deaths reported since it tracked the pandemic in January, the health ministry has reiterated its calls for the public to remain vigilant by following safety and preventive measures.
It advised the public to frequently wash hands, wear facemasks, cover their nose and mouth with their elbow while sneezing or coughing, and maintain social and physical distancing. The ministry also warned against gatherings to avoid a second wave of infections in the Kingdom.