Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Seven positive for Covid-19, Hun Sen confirms local transmission

Seven positive for Covid-19, Hun Sen confirms local transmission

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
The ministry has decided to temporarily close AEON Mall Phnom Penh (AEON 1) after Savuth's wife comfirmed having entered it to eat and buy some groceries on November 21. Hong Menea

Seven positive for Covid-19, Hun Sen confirms local transmission

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that there has been local community transmission of Covid-19.

However, he urged the people not to panic even though the Ministry of Health announced the discovery of seven new cases on Sunday.

Among the victims are Chhem Savuth, the director-general of prisons, his wife and four other family members.

Hun Sen spoke via voicemail on Saturday night after the ministry announced that Savuth's wife had tested positive for Covid-19.

The prime minister said this was the first case of local community transmission in Cambodia and that he considered it to be contagious.

Areas involved are Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap, Banteay Meanchey and Mondulkiri provinces.

“I urge all citizens not to panic to the point of being terrified and losing control.

"Citizens are urged to pay more attention to protect themselves by wearing masks, washing hands and practising good sanitation as directed by the ministry.

“If it can be avoided, please do not attend mass gatherings. I am not calling for school closures in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap or the other provinces involved.

"All that is needed now is to wear masks, wash your hands frequently and maintain social-distancing,” the prime minister said.

He said the government has taken urgent measures by mobilising those directly and indirectly involved in the case for quarantine as well as taking their samples for Covid-19 testing.

Meanwhile, the ministry has decided to temporarily close AEON Mall Phnom Penh (AEON 1) after Savuth's wife comfirmed having entered it to eat and buy some groceries on November 21.

It has also scheduled tests for those directly and indirectly affected by this latest case. The first test is scheduled on November 29, the second on December 8, and the third on December 12 at designated locations in Phnom Penh and in the provinces.

In a separate case, a Cambodian-American woman living in Pailin province’s Pailin town also tested positive for Covid 19.

The ministry appealed to those who came in contact with them to self-quarantine for 14 days at their homes or at the quarantine centres in Siem Reap, Stung Treng, Mondulkiri and Banteay Meanchey and Pailin provinces (for those affected in the provinces).

MOST VIEWED

  • ‘Education’ a priority traffic-law penalty

    A top National Police official on June 21 neither rejected nor confirmed the authenticity of a leaked audio message, which has gone viral on social media, on a waiver of fines for a number of road traffic-related offences. General Him Yan, deputy National Police chief in

  • Volunteer scheme to foster ‘virtuous’ humanitarian spirit

    A senior education official said volunteer work contributes to solidarity and promotes a virtuous humanitarian spirit among the youth and communities. Serei Chumneas, undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, made the comment during the opening of a training programme called “

  • Chinese firms unveil preliminary results on metro, monorail for capital

    Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol and representatives from China Road and Bridge Corp (CRBC) and its parent company, the state-owned China Communications Construction Co Ltd (CCCC), met on June 24 for talks on results of the firms’ preliminary study on a potential metro

  • ACLEDA, WU to enable global money transfers

    Cambodia's largest commercial bank by total assets ACLEDA Bank Plc and global money transfer firm Western Union (WU) have partnered to offer customers cross-border money transfers to 200 countries via “ACLEDA mobile” app. In Channy, president and group managing director of ACLEDA, said the June 22 agreement

  • Aeon, Micromax partner again for third mall

    AEON Mall (Cambodia) Co Ltd and a locally-owned Micromax Co Ltd have entered into a partnership agreement to develop fibre optic infrastructure for $200 million Aeon Mall 3, which is expected to be opened in 2023. The agreement was signed on June 20 between Masayuki Tsuboya, managing director of

  • Walmart plans to diversify stock of Cambodia goods

    Walmart Inc, the world’s biggest retailer, on June 22 reiterated recent plans to scale up and greatly diversify its purchases of Cambodian products, according to the labour ministry. This came during a virtual working meeting between Minister of Labour and Vocational Training Ith Samheng and