Covid Cases Mount as Community Cluster Spreads

Military medical personnel have been deployed to administer vaccine shots to military officials across Cambodia. Photo from Defense Minister Tea Bahn.
  • Phoung Vantha
  • March 11, 2021 3:57 AM

Military drafted in to help civilian doctors in fights the outbreak

PHNOM PENH--The latest COVID-19 community outbreak continues to sweep Cambodia with a total of 652 cases linked to the Feb. 20 outbreak after the Ministry of Health announced on March 11 that another 39 people have tested positive.

Of the 39, 22 were found in Phnom Penh. These included 20 Cambodians, one Vietnamese and one South Korean. Of nine cases in Kandal, six were Chinese, two were Vietnamese and one Khmer.

Six cases were in Prey Veng, all Cambodian women. One case of a Chinese man was in Sihanoukville. There was also one case in Battambang.

As of March 11, the 652 infections were spread across Phnom Penh, with cases in Kandal, Preah Sihanouk, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Prey Veng, Koh Kong, Svay Rieng, Siem Reap and the one Battambang provinces.

On the evening of March 10, Prime Minister Hun Sen said 300 military medical personnel, divided into 30 groups, would help civilian doctors look after COVID-19 patients. He said the government would organize two more hotels to be used as hospitals.

Meanwhile, 48 patients related to the Feb.20 outbreak have recovered, most of them Chinese, followed by Vietnamese and Cambodians.

As of March 11, Cambodia has reported 1,163 COVID-19 cases. the Ministry of Health said 597 have recovered and 565 cases are still active.

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