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According to the Ministry of Health, the Feb. 20 outbreak keeps on spreading in the country
PHNOM PENH--The health authorities have identified 64 additional COVID-19 cases linked to the February 20 community outbreak that has expanded to one more province with one case found in Siem Reap Province.
The Ministry of Health on March 10 reported that 30 cases were detected in Kandal Province. The 20 Chinese and 10 Cambodian patients have been hospitalized at the Chey Chumneas Referral Hospital in Takhmao City.
In Phnom Penh, 26 cases involving 25 Cambodians and one Chinese national were identified, the ministry said in a press release. Among them, 13 patients were hospitalized at the National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control and 13 patients were sent to the former Great Duke hotel that was turned into a COVID-19 medical facility earlier this month in Phnom Penh.
The Ministry of Health also reported that four Cambodians and one Vietnamese national had tested positive for the coronavirus in Prey Veng Province. They are currently hospitalized at the Prey Veng Provincial Referral Hospital.
In addition, two Chinese nationals in Sihanoukville and one Cambodian woman in Siem Reap Province were identified as carrying the coronavirus. According to the health authorities, this Cambodian patient is the first case to be linked to the Feb. 20 community spread in Siem Reap Province.
Meanwhile, eight Chinese, two Vietnamese, and one Cambodian patients who had contracted COVID-19 through the Feb. 20 outbreak have recovered, the Ministry of Health said.
As of March 10, Cambodia has reported a total of 1,124 cases of COVID-19 infection since the start of the pandemic with 613 cases related to community outbreaks. Among them, 549 patients have recovered and 574 cases are still active, the Ministry of Health said.
On March 9, Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the authorities to build crematoriums so that, if COVID-19 patients die, their bodies can be cremated and not buried. So far, no death has been attributed to the coronavirus in the country.