Another 18 Locally Transmitted COVID-19 Cases Found in Phnom Penh

18 new locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 were found in Phnom Penh and are connected to the Feb. 20 outbreak. Photo TYDA Facebook Page.
  • Phoung Vantha
  • March 15, 2021 3:19 AM

The Ministry of Health announced on Monday that 18 new cases related to the Feb. 20 outbreak were recorded in Phnom Penh, while another two imported cases bring Cambodia’s total to 1,325 so far.

PHNOM PENH--The Ministry of Health on March 15 reported that 18 new locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 were found in Phnom Penh and are connected to the Feb. 20 outbreak.

Of the 18 found in Phnom Penh, one is Vietnamese and the rest are all Cambodian, the Health Ministry reported.

Authorities also recorded two imported cases on March 15, one involved a Cambodian man who tested positive upon his return from Thailand on March 11—he is now being treated at Banteay Meanchey Provincial Hospital.

Similarly, a Cambodian man who returned from Singapore on March 12 also tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival and has been sent to the Great Duke Hotel in Phnom Penh.

The Ministry of Health also noted that an additional 83 patients have recovered, including 72 people who were infected in relation to the Feb. 20 outbreak. The other 11 were previously imported cases, the ministry added.

As such, Cambodia’s total number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 1,325 since the pandemic began last year, but of them, 730 people have recovered, while just one death has been attributed officially to COVID-19.

Two other people have died in quarantine centers after testing positive for the virus, but the Health Ministry maintains these will not be counted as COVID-19 deaths.

Authorities urged the public to remain extremely vigilant, particularly after the recent discovery of the UK variant of the virus, which is believed to be more easily transmitted, as well as more deadly.

The vaccine rollout continues, with some 270,466 civilians and military personnel have received their vaccines as of March 13, although it is unclear how many have had both doses.

There also remains much confusion over the process for vaccinations for foreigners, with hospitals reportedly asking people to acquire letters from their respective embassies. However, none of the embassies contacted was aware of such a letter and representatives from the Ministry of Health also denied that such a letter was necessary.


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