Four Travelers Arriving on International Flights Test Positive for the Coronavirus

Or Vandine, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health speaks during a press conference on COVID-19 situation in Phnom Penh.

As more than 3,000 people in the country get China’s Sinopharm vaccine



PHNOM PENH--The Ministry of Health on Feb. 18 reported that four new cases of COVID-19 had been identified in Cambodia, bringing to 483 the total number of cases in the country since the start of the pandemic one year ago.



The first two patients are an Indonesian man and an Indonesian woman, both 18 years old, who had traveled from their home country through Singapore and arrived in Cambodia on Feb. 16, the ministry said in a press release.



They are currently being treated at the National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control in Phnom Penh, while the 126 passengers who were on their flight are now in 14-day quarantine.



Then, a 31-year-old Chinese woman who traveled from China via South Korea, arriving in Cambodia on Feb. 7, tested positive on her second COVID-19 test. She is now hospitalized at the National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control in Phnom Penh.



Finally, a 62-year-old Swedish man, who came from Sweden via Singapore and arrived in Cambodia on Feb. 4, tested positive for the coronavirus on his second test and is currently being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital.



Ministry of Health Secretary of State and spokesperson Or Vandine said that, between Feb. 10 and 17, 3,962 persons came to receive the Sinopharm vaccine produced by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products and donated by China.



Among them 2,196 men and 1,040 women were vaccinated while the others could not do so due to health-related issues, she said in a press release.



As of Feb. 18, the total number of cases of COVID-19 infection in Cambodia stood at 483 with 470 patients having recovered while 13 others are currently hospitalized.



According to the Coronavirus Resource Center at John Hopkins University Center for System Science and Engineering at John Hopkins University, as of Feb. 18, nearly 110 million COVID-19 cases had been identified worldwide since the start of the pandemic one year ago, with the number of deaths reaching 2.4 million.


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