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Cambodia records its first COVID-19 community outbreak with family of six tested positive

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A man gets his temperature checked in Phnom Penh. KT/ Siv Channa

The General Director of Prisons Chhem Savuth, has been reported to have tested positive for COVID-19, presumably contacted from his wife who was tested positive on Saturday.

In addition, tests on four others, believed to be family members were also reported to have returned positive.

This brings to six the total number found positive thus far as of Saturday evening, thus possibly becoming the first community outbreak in the country.

Khmer Times has learned reliably that authorities are launching a wide spread contact tracing mission to track down all those who could have come into contact with the infected victims. These efforts could cover several provinces and a gated community in Phnom Penh.

Other provinces include Siem Reap, Mondulkiri and Banteay Meanchey for now.

Some of those include senior government officials including at least two deputy prime ministers, the minister of justice, senior police officials and others.

All have been instructed to undergo mandatory 14 days’ quarantine by Prime Minister Hun Sen while extensive tests are to be carried out.

With the latest five positive cases, the total COVID-19 cases in Cambodia has jumped to 315, comprising 197 Cambodians, 45 French, 18 Chinese, 13 Malaysians, 9 Indonesians, 9 Americans, 6 British, 3 Vietnamese, 3 Canadians, 3 Indians, 2 Hungarians, 2 Pakistanis, 1 Belgian, 1 Kazakhstani, and 1 Polish.

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