Cambodia Registers 335 New COVID-19 Cases as Phnom Penh Market Closure is Extended One Week

A soldier (R) gives instruction as people line up to receive a dose of China's Sinopharm Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a school and a health centre in Phnom Penh on May 3, 2021, as part of the government's campaign to halt the rising number of cases of the virus. (Photo: AFP)
  • Sao Phal Niseiy
  • May 15, 2021 9:01 AM

Among the patients hospitalized, 873 have recovered and been discharged from hospital

PHNOM PENH--The health authorities on May 15 announced that 335 new COVID-19 cases had been identified with 328 of them related to the February 20 community outbreak and seven cases involving people arriving from abroad. 

Since information as to where in the country these cases were found is no longer being provided, the ministry’s press release, which also is made available to the general public, only indicated that 873 COVID-19 patients have made a complete recovery and been discharged from hospital.

The latest infections brought the total number of recorded coronavirus cases to 21,834 in Cambodia since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago. Among them, 10,740 people have recovered from COVID-19 and 147 patients have died from the disease.

Meanwhile, as the third wave of COVID-19 infections appears to be slowing down, the country has been accelerating its vaccination campaign and this, especially in places deemed to be coronavirus hotspots.

As of May 14, the health authorities had vaccinated approximately 2.1 million people or 20.4 percent of their initial target of 10 million people out of the country’s 16 million population. Among those vaccinated, around 1.14 million people have already received their second doses. 

Market closure extended

Even though there has been a slowdown in infection and the lockdown has been eased in Takhmao City and Phnom Penh, a complete cut in transmission chain has not been confirmed and the health authorities have repeatedly called on the public to remain highly vigilant and strictly adhere to the preventive health measures.

On May 14, Phnom Penh Governor Khoung Sreng extended the closure of traditional and unstructured markets for another week through May 21 in an effort to curb COVID-19 transmission. 

This was the third time that city hall was extending market closure. The Phnom Penh authorities first announced a two-week closure of all traditional and informal markets on April 23, followed by a decision on May 7 to extend the closure by one week.   

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