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They had tested negative when they arrived and tested positive 13 days later
PHNOM PENH—Four Cambodian peacekeepers returning from a United Nations mission in Mali have tested positive for COVID-19, the Ministry of Health said on July 24.
The three men and one woman were among 80 Cambodian peacekeepers who arrived in Cambodia on July 10 and underwent a 14-day quarantine in accordance with the health authorities’ measures against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the ministry said in a press release.
All the peacekeepers tested negative for the coronavirus in the first test administered when they arrived in the country. But in the second test on the 13th day of their quarantine, results came back positive in the case of four of them, according to the ministry.
The three men have been hospitalized at the Chak Angre Health Center and the woman at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh, the ministry said.
These latest cases bring to 202 the number of COVID-19 cases officially recorded to date in Cambodia. Among them, 142 patients have recovered, 58 remain hospitalized while the two American diplomats who contracted the disease are at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh.