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New C-19 patient ‘viral shedding’

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Passengers arriving on a recent flight from Malaysia. KT/Pann Rachana

One of the two Cambodians who tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from Malaysia on June 26 was found to have been a former patient in the country and had been successfully treated and discharged from a Malaysian hospital before flying to Cambodia.

Malaysian director-general of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah was quoted by Malaysian media as saying the individual was the country’s “patient 1,051” and had been previously diagnosed with and treated for COVID-19.

“The results for the individual who has since tested positive in Cambodia could be due to viral shedding and as such is not a major concern,” he said.

He added although a patient has been discharged,  the virus could still be detected through a RT-PCR (Reverse Transmission-Polymerase Chain Reaction) test. However, he said, the virus will be weak and inactive.

“We have informed the Cambodian authorities that this is not a new case, but one that has been already treated,” said Dr Noor Hisham.

The Malaysian Health Ministry is also looking to track the whereabouts of the second Cambodian, who was a student in a religious school in Malaysia, for contact tracing.

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong told Khmer Times yesterday he has yet to receive information regarding the case.

“I have not yet received this information, therefore we have not taken any special measures because our government already has measures in place to treat arrivals,” he said.

Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said in response that all passengers arriving in Cambodia are required to undergo lab tests for COVID-19 and a two-week quarantine in the capital before being allowed to leave for their homes, where they will be required to sequester themselves for another 14 days.

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