Two Chinese Nationals Escape Quarantine Hotel

Or Vandine, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health speaks in a press conference on COVID-19 updates in Phnom Penh.
  • Phoung Vantha
  • September 10, 2020 3:25 AM

While the pair tested negative for COVID-19 initially, they were due to quarantine for 14 days but chose to flee, raising questions about the security of Cambodia’s quarantine procedures.

PHNOM PENH--Two Chinese nationals escaped from quarantine on Sept. 9 and are now on the run in Phnom Penh, according to Or Vandine, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health.

“Authorities are currently searching for the two people,” said Vandine, adding that the two Chinese males had allegedly had an argument before making their escape.

The pair arrived in Phnom Penh from China on Sept. 8, but fled their hotel on the afternoon of Sept. 9 after initially testing negative for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Vandine confirmed.

While noting that the pair do not appear to have contracted the virus, Vandine stated that they were both required to finish their 14-day quarantine period.

On Sept. 10, the Ministry of Health announced that no new case of COVID-19 had been identified. So far, the ministry has reported a total of 274 cases in the country, with 273 patients having recovered leaving just one patient still receiving treatment in hospital.

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