Cambodia Reports Over 900 New COVID Cases, Toll Climbs to 825

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Rapid antigen tests extended

PHNOM PENH--The Health Ministry reported the number on July 8 with 954 new cases and 1,046 people having recovered. This brought the total cases to 58,057 with 50,020 recoveries.

Meanwhile, 27 more Covid-19 deaths were also registered, bringing the total death toll to 825.

The ministry also allowed private health care, non-governmental organizations, institutions, border checkpoint, private companies, factories, other businesses and individuals to carry out rapid antigen tests after the Delta variant was recorded in Cambodia.

Rapid antigen tests have the downside of false negative results, which means that a small number of cases are not detected.

However, the ministry said it is still a strategic tool that can help cut transmission of the virus and has many benefits in controlling the spread. It is affordable, used extensively and easy to use without having to go through a laboratory.

It can detect the virus quickly, especially when an individual is developing symptoms or when the number of viruses in the body is high.

On July 2, the ministry said 23 cases of the Delta variant were recorded. These were imported.

As of June 7, 4,701,255 people have received one vaccine dose and 3,440,930 have had two.

Vaccination campaigns have mainly been conducted in Phnom Penh, as well as Kandal, Preah Sihanouk, Koh Kong, Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kampong Cham, and Svay Rieng provinces.

Siem Reap Provincial Hall announced that it will start a vaccination campaign starting on July 10, while Banteay Meanchey Provincial Administration and some other provinces say they will start from July 9.

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