Prime Minister Hun Sen is set to address the nation concerning the current condition and progress regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, including contributions by the public to fund buying vaccines.
Hun Sen’s speech will be broadcast live at 9am on December 15 from his residence in Kandal province’s Takhmao town, according to the Ministry of Information.
Last week, the prime minister announced that the government was preparing for a first-phase purchase of one million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to be given to 500,000 people who are at the highest risk of contracting the virus. Immediately after the announcement, people around the country began donating money to aid the government’s procurement plans.
Total donations have already risen to nearly $50 million.
The Ministry of Health on December 14 declared that 40 people so far had tested positive for Covid-19 in connection with the November 28 incident – a reference to the first confirmed case of community transmission – with no new local transmissions detected over the last three days.
Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine expressed optimism that all infected individuals would recover.
“Their conditions are mostly stable. We are hopeful that the patients will sustain their gradual recoveries. Recent medical evaluations have seen a series of positive results,” she said.
After results from a third round of comprehensive testing on December 12 came out negative, senior government officials involved with the November 28 incident have been pleased with the results.
Participants in the recent testing included Minister of Interior Sar Kheng and his 100 family members, as well as National Assembly president Heng Samrin, Minister of Justice Koeut Rith, Minister of National Defence Tea Banh and their families and subordinates.
On December 14, two Covid-19 patients recovered and were discharged from the Chak Angre Health Centre. One of them is a 35-year-old Cambodian woman from Kampot province’s Teuk Chhou district who arrived in Cambodia from China on November 18.
The other is a 49-year-old Cambodian-American man from Chaom Chao commune in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district who arrived in Cambodia from the US on December 4.
Both were discharged after two consecutive tests came back negative.
As of December 14, Cambodia had recorded a total of 359 Covid-19 cases, with 50 remaining hospitalised.