A Cambodian Man Dies while in COVID-19 Quarantine

A medical-staff member attends to the Cambodian patient who passed away while under coronavirus quarantine in Tboung Khmum Province. Photo provided.
  • Phoung Vantha
  • July 23, 2020 6:41 AM

The authorities are conducting tests to determine whether the coronavirus is the cause of death

PHNOM PENH--A Cambodian man died while he was undergoing a 14-day quarantine for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Tboung Khmum Province’s Krouch Chhmar District.

Keo Vannak, director of the Tbong Khmum provincial health department, said that the 21-year-old man had been in quarantine for three days. He added that he could not confirm the patient’s cause of death at this point.

Provincial Governor Cheam Chansophorn said that he was informed of the man's death around 8 pm on July 22. A team of doctors is now working to determine the cause of death, he said.

In addition, Chansophorn said, samples have been taken to the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge in Phnom Penh to determine whether the patient had COVID-19 and whether he had any other disease that may have led to his death.

Health Ministry Spokesperson Or Vandine said around 13:30 on July 23 that she would provide information on the case as soon as it is available.   

Also on July 23, the Ministry of Health reported that a Cambodian man who returned to the country on July 19 on a flight from Russia via Malaysia has tested positive for the coronavirus. He has been hospitalized at the Chak Angre Health Center in Phnom Penh.

This latest case brings to 198 the number of COVID-19 cases officially recorded to date in Cambodia. Among them, 142 patients have recovered, 54 remain hospitalized while the two American diplomats who contracted the disease are at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh.

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