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Quarantine escapee discharged, more US officials test positive

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A Cambodian-American woman who escaped from a quarantine facility in Phnom Penh on July 17 has been allowed to stay at her relative’s house in Kampong Cham province after she tested negative for Covid-19. Facebook

Quarantine escapee discharged, more US officials test positive

The Ministry of Health said a Cambodian-American woman who escaped from a quarantine facility in Phnom Penh on July 17 has been allowed to stay at her relative’s house in Kampong Cham province after she tested negative for Covid-19.

Provincial Health Department head Kim Sour Phirun told The Post that the woman was allowed to go home after completing 14 days of quarantine in a hotel and after a third Covid test on Wednesday came back negative.

“We allowed her to stay at home but she has to follow the ministry’s guidelines and allow us to track her health. She received the letter allowing her to stay home but she is not allowed to go out. She has to stay at home for 14 more days,” he said.

The Cambodian-American woman flew from the US to South Korea, where she boarded a flight bound for Cambodia with 90 other passengers. She landed in the Kingdom on July 15.

Among the 91 passengers on the flight, two senior US Embassy officials were found to be infected with Covid-19.

The woman escaped from a quarantine facility at a hotel in Phnom Penh on July 17 and took a cab to Kampong Cham where authorities found her at a guesthouse the following day.

The ministry on Thursday reported one more case of a senior US embassy official contracting Covid-19, bringing the total number of cases in Cambodia to 234. Eight more patients were cured, raising the total number of cured patients to 70.

The ministry said the senior US embassy official tested positive for Covid-19 on July 29 after being in quarantine for 13 days.

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