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Cambodian from Philippines tests positive for virus

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Staff of the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital. Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital

The Health Ministry reported yesterday that a Cambodian man has tested positive for the coronavirus after he returned from the Philippines on Wednesday.

The new case brings the Kingdom’s tally of positive cases to 123.

In a statement issued last night, the ministry said the 26-year-old man from Kampot province’s Kampong Trach district had his sample tested by the Pasteur Institute and he was diagnosed with COVID-19.

It said the man was on a flight with 62 other passengers, including 34 Cambodians and 23 South Koreans, which landed at the Phnom Penh International Airport on Wednesday.

“The Ministry of Health is sending him for treatment at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship hospital,” the statement said. “The 62 other passengers must be quarantined for 14-days at a hotel in Phnom Penh,” the statement added.

The Ministry last week announced that the last of the previous 122 patients had recovered and was discharged from hospital, with no death reported.

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