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Cambodia goes for 16 days without new COVID-19 positive cases, tally remains at 273 with 265 recoveries

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Minister of Health, Mam Bun Heng (2nd from right) addressing front line staff at Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital. Photo: Hospital Facebook Page

Amidst doom and gloom in most countries with death tolls and number of COVID-19 positive cases increasing daily, Cambodia continued its positive, no new cases trend for the 16th consecutive day.

The last positive case was reported on August 14, meaning the test and since then, till today, Sunday, 30 August, no new cases have been detected.

The Ministry of Health said that the number of recovered cases is at 265, constituting a 97.07 percent recovery rate, leaving just 8 patients under treatment for the virus.

Cambodia has been lauded by many international organisations for its ability to keep the virus under control and fears of a possible community transmission, though still circulating, has however, not been detected.

The tally comprises 174 Cambodians, 40 French, 17 Chinese, 13 Malaysians, 8 Indonesians, 7 Americans, 5 British, 3 Vietnamese, 3 Canadians, 1 Belgian, 1 Indian, and 1 Kazakhstani.

Since the first case detected in Preah Sihanouk province in late January, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit 13 provinces and capital of Cambodia and there was a lull for almost 45 days until a sudden surge was reported, mostly returning Cambodians from various parts of the world and a double digit spike from passengers who arrived from the Philippines earlier this month.

This, saw the suspension of flights from Philippines, which came into effect on August 13 and earlier, in late July, another double digit spike from passengers arriving via Malaysia also caused flights from Malaysia and Indonesia to be suspended, effective August 1.

It is learned that there are more than 100 Cambodians currently under detention in Malaysia for various immigration offences and who are unable to be repatriated because of the flights suspension.

However, to the chagrin of many, the fact that the passengers who were tested positive on flights from Kuala Lumpur were more than 95 percent Cambodians and secondly, did not originate from Malaysia but were merely being repatriated from several countries, namely Indonesia, Russia, Egypt, Pakistan and other middle east countries.

Thus, they merely transited through Malaysia but the abrupt cancellation of flights has left stranded, more than 100 Cambodians (known to date) and other nationals who had booked flights to Cambodia via and from  Malaysia. Khmer Times

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