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These cases are linked to the recent community outbreak, the Ministry of Health says
PHNOM PENH--The Cambodian health authorities reported that 86 new coronavirus cases were recorded on March. 27 in connection with the Feb. 20 community spread. Moreover, two deaths due COVID-19 and involving senior citizens were registered.
“There were 86 new cases detected on March 27,” said Or Vandine, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health in a press statement issued on March. 28.
Among these cases, she said, 43 were identified in Preah Sihanouk Province, 24 in Phnom Penh, five in Kampong Cham Province, three in Kandal Province, three in Svay Rieng Province, three in Tboung Khmum Province, two in Prey Veng Province, two in Siem Reap Province and one in Kep Province.
All the patients have been placed under treatment, Vandine said. In the meantime, 34 patients, among whom 30 had contracted the coronavirus during the Feb. 20 community outbreak, have made a complete recovery, she added.
On March 27, the Ministry of Health also issued two separate statements on the passing of two Cambodian patients due to COVID-19.
The first patient is a 72-year-old woman who lived in Russei Keo District in Phnom Penh. According to Vandine, she had been transferred to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus at Calmette Hospital on March. 27.
“Based on the conclusion of the medical doctors, this 72-year-old woman died due to COVID-19, which caused an acute pneumonia,” she said.
The second victim is a 76-year-old woman who lived in Prey Veng Province, Vandine said. She tested positive for the coronavirus on March 8 and was transferred to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh when her condition deteriorated. Unfortunately, she succumbed to the coronavirus with severe pneumonia and lung damage during the evening of March 27, she said.
In the meantime, 34 COVID-19 patients have made a full recovery; among them, 30 had contracted the coronavirus during the Feb. 20 community outbreak, Vandine added.
As of March 28, Cambodia had registered 2,233 COVID-19 cases across the country since the start of the pandemic a year ago. Among them, 1,166 patients have made a full recovery and 10 patients have died of the disease.
According to the Coronavirus Resource Center at the John Hopkins University Center for System Science and Engineering, as of March 28, over 126 million COVID-19 cases had been identified worldwide, with the number of deaths reaching more than 2.7 million.