Two More Cases of COVID-19 Are Identified in Cambodia

The two patients in Phnom Penh carrying the COVID-19 are in quarantine at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in the capital. Photo: Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital
  • Phoung Vantha
  • March 13, 2020 2:15 PM

The two patients are in Phnom Penh

Two foreigners in Phnom Penh were identified as being infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Ministry of Health said in a press release Friday evening.   

The two men—a Canadian and a Belgian respectively 49 and 33 years old—are now in quarantine at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital, the ministry said. 

This brings to seven the number of people affected by COVID-19 in Cambodia. 

The first case in the country was a 60-year-old Chinese man who had arrived last January in Preah Sihanouk Province on a flight from Wuhan city in China. He has since recovered and was discharged from hospital in February.

On March 7, a 38-year-old Cambodian man in Siem Reap City tested positive for the disease, becoming the first Cambodian to be affected by COVID-19. 

And a few days ago, three British passengers onboard a Viking River Cruises ship, which arrived in Kompong Cham Province on March 10, have tested positive for COVID-19. 

The health authorities are now trying to locate people who have been directly or indirectly in contact with the Canadian and Belgian patients, the Ministry of Health said in the release. 


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