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Cambodian migrant workers COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand, tally increases to 153 in within 5 days

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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 153 Cambodian migrant workers working in Thailand have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Battambang Provincial Health Department and other provincial officials.

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However, the Cambodian Ministry of Health has again said that she nor the ministry were aware of the number of infections.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia on the other hand have said that they are monitoring the cases and verifying the numbers with their counterparts in Thailand.

Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong,  said Cambodian authorities in Thailand were monitoring and verifying the number of cases among Cambodian migrant workers and have been assured that the Thai  Thai authorities will treat all foreign migrant workers similar to Thais.

Ouk Vitya, deputy director of Battambang provincial health department told Khmer Times that Thai health authorities recorded COVID-19 positive cases in Cambodian workers on December 4. At that time the number stood at 100 but has now risen to 153 as of Friday.

They are receiving treatment in Thai hospitals. There are more than 1.5 million documented and undocumented Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand. More than 6000 of whom have already returned to Cambodia.

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