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Cambodia to adopt extreme measures to contain community spread of COVID-19 by revealing identity of infected persons, cases rise to 345

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As Cambodia’s Community outbreak , dubbed the November 28 Incident increased to 29 as of 9pm this evening, with a huge number of tests results still being awaited, The Ministry of Health will begin disclosing the identity of the persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to track down as soon as possible those coming in contact with them.

Currently, Cambodia’s total COVID-19 positive cases tally stands at 345.

The move was made at the consent of Prime Minister Hun Sen, according to a press release of the Ministry of Health released this evening.

In a voice clip shared this evening, the Premier explained that it is not time to think about individual rights, but the right to live. “We have already disseminated the identity of those who need to be quarantined such as National Assembly President Heng Samrin, his family members, and other MPs, Deputy Prime Ministers Sar Kheng and  Aun Pornmoniroth, and other ministers,” he said.

The General Director of prisons, Lt General Chhem Savuth and wife, whose family have been found to be infected with COVID-19. Now identities are to be revealed to assist in expediting contact tracing. Supplied

Besides, all passengers entering Cambodia are required to conduct full 14-day quarantine and to hold a COVID-free Health Certificate issued by the health authorities of their respective countries with 72 hours before their departure.

The Sponsorship Mechanism for all foreign passengers who are investors, businesspersons, company staff, experts and technicians must be postponed temporarily until the COVID-19 situation eases.

The press release also pointed out the participation of Samdech Techo Voluntary Medical Team in the specimen collection and community education, dissemination, and training.

The new measures, to come into effect from Dec. 12 onwards, were taken after six more COVID-19 cases related to the Nov. 28 Community Event (first community outbreak) were reported this afternoon at Pedro Store on Sihanouk Blvd. in Phnom Penh.

The total confirmed cases in Cambodia has now risen  to 345, including 29 cases of the Nov. 28 Community Event and 4 imported cases from the United States.  Of them, 304 have been successfully recovered, with no fatal case.

Of the 10 discovered today, six are from the community cluster of November 28 Incident, three who tested positive on the 13th day and one Cambodian American who returned to Cambodia via Chinese Taipei from the United States and tested positive today. Khmer Times

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