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Over 100 Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand test positive for COVID-19

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Cambodian migrant workers have their temperatures checked at O'Smach International Border checkpoint in Oddar Meanchey province. GDI

A total of 106 Cambodian migrant workers working in Thailand have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Battambang Provincial Health Department.


Ouk Vitya, deputy director of Battambang provincial health department told Khmer Times Thai health authorities recorded COVID-19 positive cases in Cambodian workers on December 4. They have received treatment in Thai hospitals.

Vitya urged all Cambodian migrant workers to undergo mandatory quarantine to stem community transmission amid an outbreak in Thailand.

“I am begging all Cambodians working in Thailand not to rush coming home. Thailand has its own quarantine facilities and provides free medical treatment for COVID-19,” he said, noting that if they have already crossed the border from Thailand, they must undergo the 14-day quarantine before going to their home.

“If anyone sees a relative or a neighbour coming home from Thailand without undergoing mandatory quarantine, please immediately report to local authorities so they will be sent to quarantine centres in accordance with the instructions set by the Ministry of Health,” Vitya said.

The Health Ministry said today Cambodia’s migrant workers COVID-19 cluster increases to 18, bringing the total cases to 383.

It said a 28-year-old male from Pailin province who returned to the province from Thailand on January 2 tested positive for the virus.  He receives treatment at Pailin referral hospital.

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