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PM calls for more health diligence as local infection on a woman sparks fears


Prime Minister Hun Sen has appealed to the people not to get into a panic, but to increase their attention to protect themselves by following the health safety guidelines of the Ministry of Health.


The appeal was made after a new case of COVID-19 was detected on a Cambodian woman in Phnom Penh this evening. She is the spouse of a senior official at the Ministry of Interior.

This is the first ever case of community transmission in Cambodia, he underlined, adding that it concerns Phnom Penh capital, Siem Reap province, and even Banteay Meanchey and Mondulkiri provinces.

The Royal Government is taking immediate measure by tracking down all those who came in direct and indirect contact with the woman, he said.

Mr Hun Sen also called on the people to avoid gatherings but added that schools in the capital and provinces will not be shutdown, but need to strengthen their preventive measures.

The Premier is currently in Siem Reap province for the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of 38 streets in Siem Reap city. He confirmed that the event will not be postponed, but held as scheduled on Nov. 30.

The capital and the country as a whole was getting out of a two week closure of schools, cinemas after the scare of November 3 and now with the local infection, there are concerns of more economic fall outs if there are new closure again.

With the new patient, the total confirmed cases in Cambodia rose to 309, of them 299 have successfully recovered. C. Nika – AKP/Khmer Times

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