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Kingdom records 96 virus cases

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Despite efforts to curb coronavirus infections in Preah Sihanouk province, the government yesterday reported 5 new cases. Two were in Sihanoukville, one in Siem Reap, one in Kandal and the other in Phnom Penh raising the Kingdom’s official tally to 96.

Prime Minister Hun Sen speaking from Peace Palace earlier yesterday said he was informed two French tourists  tested postive. However in a news report late this evening, 3 Cambodians have been tested positive as well.

“I do not think the situation will get better soon,” Mr Hun Sen added.

After adding in the new figures, confirmed cases in the provincial city rose to 36. Sihanoukville’s first case was detected in January. Provincial Hall has been advising the public to take precautionary measures, such as social distancing.

According to the Health Ministry, ten people across the Kingdom have recovered from the coronavirus disease.

Preah Sihanouk officials are using loudspeakers to disseminate Health Ministry information on how to protect oneself against the virus.

“We are immediately informing all district and provincial departments to strengthen their prevention measures,” Kheang Phearom, spokesman for Provincial Hall, said.

Mr Phearom said members of the National Police, National Military Police and Royal Cambodian Armed Forces are working with local officials to survey the current situation.

He said more than 30 patients, including two Cambodian tour guides who recently tested positive for the virus, are being treated at a makeshift medical facility in a hotel.

“The situation is under control, but we want people to know how to prevent contracting the virus,” Mr Phearom said.

He said the provincial health department will continue to place suspected patients under quarantine for 14 days, including hotel staffers and tour boat operators.

Mr Phearom noted 80 migrant workers returned from Thailand and were placed under quarantine.

Mr Chamroeun said the authorities have reserved two hotels with more than100 rooms to treat COVID-19 patients.

According to the Health Ministry, the specimens of about 2,000 people were sent to the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh for testing, including specimens from 100 people from Sihanoukville.

During his speech, Mr Hun Sen said local and foreign COVID-19 patients are not to be charged for medical services.

He said the government received $9 million from donors, including King Norodom Sihamoni and Queen Mother Norodom Monineath to fight the virus.

Mr Hun Sen said the authorities must inspect all international airports and appeal to people not to go to crowded places or leave home unless necessary.

“I appeal to our people to pay attention to your elderly parents,” he said. “All commune and village chiefs must pay attention to old people.”

“No one has died from the coronavirus in our country yet and I have ordered the Health Ministry and all provincial governors to take stronger measures against the virus,” Mr Hun Sen said.

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