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Diplomats, International NGO officials will have samples tested upon arrival

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Health Minister Man Bun Heng inspects the Phnom Penh International Airport. Fresh News

Diplomats and international organisation officials will have their samples tested for COVID-19 and be quarantined upon arrival in the Kingdom, the government said.

According to the statement signed today by Minister Mam Bun Heng, the decision was made based on the greenlight by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday.

Bun Heng said that it is applied for those who hold diplomatic visas of type A and B.

Bun Heng, who also heads the Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat COVID-19, lists seven requirements, including health certificates issued by health authorities in a host country to ensure they are COVID-19 free within 72 hours prior to their departure.

Health Minister Man Bun Heng inspects the Phnom Penh International Airport. Fresh News

The samples of diplomats and international organisation officials will be tested at a special location upon their arrival, the statement said, noting that they have to wait for at least 24 hours at a hotel or lodging in compliance with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) approved by the Inter-Ministerial Committee and to conduct a 14-day quarantine at those locations, the statement said.

It said first samples will be sent to the Pasteur Institute.

A statement said that in case of confirmed positive COVID-19, a patient will be sent to Royal Phnom Penh Hospital or any hospitals requested by the embassy and approved by the Ministry of Health.

All hospital bills and services will be responsible by embassies and international organisations, it said.

It added that all foreign embassies will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Health Ministry on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Cambodia.

Based on humanitarian principle, promoting cooperation and good relations with friendly countries, the government decided not to charge those officials for the first and second tests for the coronavirus, it said.

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