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After 38 days of no new cases, Case 123 surfaces in Cambodia

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Some of the COVID-19 positive patients who were successfully treated at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital. Hospital Facebook Page

Cambodia’s strong run for 38 consecutive days without any new COVID-19 positive cases came to an end on Thursday when the 123rd positive case was identified by the Ministry of Health.

This is the first new confirmed case after more than five weeks of zero new case.

The new infection case was detected on a 26-year-old Cambodian man living in Kampong Tralach district, Kampot province. He arrived in Cambodia on May 20 from the Philippines via the Republic of Korea. He has now been admitted to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital for treatment.

The other 62 passengers on the same flight, including 23 Korean, a Belgian, a Taiwanese, a Dutch, three Japanese, and 33 Cambodians, have been put under a 14-day quarantine at a hotel in Phnom Penh.

With the new case, the total number of confirmed cases in the Kingdom rose to 123, including 52 Cambodians, 40 French, 13 Malaysians, five British, three Chinese, three Vietnamese, two Americans, two Indonesians, two Canadians, and one Belgian. Of them, 122 have been cured successfully.

Since the first case detected in Preah Sihanouk province in late January, the COVID-19 pandemic has so far hit 13 provinces and capital of Cambodia.

The Ministry did not reveal where the remaining passengers were being quarantined nor the circumstances under which he could have contracted the deadly virus.

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