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No new Covid cases on the anniversary of first detection

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Prime Minister Hun Sen welcomed passengers of Westerdam cruise at Sihanoukville on Feb 14, 2020. Photo SPM

No new Covid cases on the anniversary of first detection

January 27 marked the one-year anniversary of the discovery of the first case of Covid-19 in the Kingdom when a tourist was diagnosed in Preah Sihanouk province.

To date, there have been 460 confirmed cases across the country with 423 recoveries and zero deaths.

The original case was detected at the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge in a 60-year-old Chinese man named Jia Jianhua who had travelled from the Chinese city of Wuhan with four family members. His family tested negative.

Marking the occasion, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine repeated warnings to remain cautious.

“The fact that we are all working to prevent the spread of Covid-19 virus in our country is an important and necessary task. I am still calling on all our people to continue protecting themselves carefully and not be negligent,” she said.

Vandine also instructed everyone coming to Cambodia to abide by 14-day quarantine measures. She stressed that cooperation from travellers is very important to prevent transmission of the virus from individuals to their families and throughout the community.

“Please do not forget to live a normal life in a new way by strictly adhering to prescribed measures,” she said.

On January 27, the ministry announced that 11 Cambodian migrants had recovered from Covid-19 and were discharged from provincial referral hospitals. Seven were in Banteay Meanchey while the other four were in Battambang. No new cases were reported.


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