Two New Cases of COVID-19 Are confirmed in Cambodia 

A vendor shows sachets of hair shampoo to a customer from a shop that has been marked off to allow for social distancing, as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, in Phnom Penh on May 27, 2020. (Photo: AFP)
  • Sao Phal Niseiy
  • June 14, 2020 4:10 AM

The two persons affected had just returned from a trip in the region

PHNOM PENH--Cambodia Sunday (June 14) reported two new cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) involving two people who had travelled to Indonesia.

“A 22-year-old and a 25-year-old Cambodian men, who are Kampong Cham residents and returned from Indonesia June 12, were tested positive for COVID-19 on June 13,” Or Vadine, spokesperson at the Ministry of Health, said in a press statement. 

The 44 other passengers—including four Indonesian nationals—on the flight on which they came back have tested negative for the coronavirus but have been placed under 14-day mandatory quarantine, she added.  

The latest cases have brought the total number of officially confirmed cases across the country to 128 with 125 having made a complete recovery. The two men from Kampong Cham Province and a 26-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19 upon his return from the Philippines in late May remain hospitalized. 

On May 27, the Ministry of Health announced that all inbound passengers, regardless of their nationalities, are required to undergo a test for COVID-19 and to be placed under a 14-day mandatory quarantine at the government’s assigned facilities if one passenger on their flight is found to have contracted the coronavirus. 

Except for Cambodian citizens, travelers entering the country are required to have health insurance coverage of at least $50,000 and a fit-to-fly certificate issued less than 72 hours prior to their arrival stating that they are not carrying the coronavirus. 

On June 09, the Cambodian government reversed its decision to charge foreign nationals for the costs of testing, treatment and quarantine upon arrival as Prime Minister Hun Sen declared on March 25 that all foreigners in Cambodia would be treated free of charge.

Then on 11 June, the Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat COVID-19 announced that foreigners arriving in the country must still make a deposit of cash or debit card of at least $3,000 to cover health measures. 

Globally, as of June 14, more than 7.7 million cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed while the death toll had nearly reached 420,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering

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