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More than 3,000 rooms reserved for coronavirus patients: PM

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The Great Duke Hotel in Phnom Penh will be used to house patients. KT/Siv Channa

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said the government has reserved more than 3,000 rooms in anticipation to treat coronavirus patients across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom currently has 96 confirmed cases.

“We have reserved more than 3,000 rooms in hotels, schools, dormitories and other public buildings nationwide to treat COVID-19 patients,” Mr Hun Sen said to some 300 medical professionals at the Peace Palace yesterday.

He noted rooms at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital, Chak Angre Health Centre, Preah Ket Mealea Military Hospital and the Great Duke Hotel in Phnom Penh have been reserved.

Mr Hun Sen said Cambodia has over 20,000 health practitioners and more than 2,000 are ready to combat the virus.

“The reason why we recruited more health practitioners, including medical students who are currently being trained, is to help in combating COVID-19,” he said.

Soeum Bunrith, deputy Battambang provincial governor, said his province is ready to treat patients who are infected.

“After we are done with the rooms, we will spray disinfectant and resupply materials such as blankets and pillows,” Mr Bunrith said, adding provincial authorities rented Springs Park Hotel’s 150 rooms in the provincial city, in addition to rooms in schools to treat the virus patients.

“So far, three patients are being treated at the provincial hospital, while another two have recovered,” he said.

Keo Sopheak, director of the Banteay Meanchey provincial health department, yesterday said officials are preparing hotel rooms to treat patients.

“We have enough rooms to treat patients – we have nine referral hospitals in the province to treat patients and we also reserved schools and hotels,” Mr Sopheak said. “We will spray disinfectant once COVID-19 is over.”

“We took 100 samples from [returning] migrant workers,” he noted. “About 1,300 migrant workers just returned from Thailand. We instructed them to self-isolate at home for 14 days.”

Kong Sophan, Kandal Provincial Governor, yesterday said: “We arranged one guesthouse with 45 rooms, schools and health centres – so we have enough rooms and beds to treat COVID-19 patients.

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