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PM: Treatment of COVID-19 infected patients in Cambodia is free

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Kompong Cham provincial authorities with discharged passengers from the Viking Cruise boat. AKP

All patients, regardless of their nationalities, tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19) in Cambodia are entitled to have free medical treatment.

“We are poor, but our heart is big,” underlined Samdech Hun Sen, the Prime Minister at a get-together Wednesday with Cambodian health practitioners who have volunteered to combat the pandemic.

All infected foreign nationals will be treated by Cambodian doctors free of charge, announced the Premier, stressing that it is Cambodia’s obligation as a host country.

Mr Hun Sen also stressed on three main tasks being carried out by Cambodia in its fight against COVID-19: prevention of imported transmission, prevention of transmission inside the country, and treatment of infected patients.

Cambodia has been banning the entry of foreign nationals from Italy, Germany, Spain, France, the U.S., and Iran for 30 days since Mar. 17.

However, recent infections of foreigners were before the travel ban and it was also unknown where they had contracted the virus.

As of this Wednesday night,  Cambodia has recorded 96 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of whom 10 have recovered – eight Cambodians from 41 to 61 years old, a 60-year-old Chinese tourist, and a 65-year-old British tourist.

Since the first case detected in Preah Sihanouk province in late January, the COVID-19 pandemic has now hit 13 provinces and capital of Cambodia. C. Nika/AKP

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