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Cambodia’s COVID-19 tally increases to 453 while migrant workers cluster rises to 81

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Cambodia registered another four COVID-19 positive cases amongst returning migrant workers from Thailand, along with one imported case from the United States, also involving a Cambodian.

The four migrant workers infected and tested positive for the virus are a 40-year-old female from  Kbal Spean 1 Village, Sangkat Poipet, Poipet City, Banteay Meanchey Province and who had arrived in Cambodia on 6 January, 2021, a 36-year-old female from Kbal Spean 2 Village, Sangkat Poipet, Poipet City, Banteay Meanchey Province and who had arrived in Cambodia on the same date and a 40-year-old woman from Chambok village, Krous commune, Svay Chrum district, Svay Rieng province who returned to Cambodia on 6 January, 2021.

All of the above cases were tested positive on the 13th day test are now admitted to the  Banteay Meanchey Provincial Referral Hospital for treatment.

The fourth migrant worker is a  42-year-old woman from  Sangkat Kampong Svay, Serey Sophorn City, Banteay Meanchey Province who had  arrived in  Cambodia on 19 January, 2021.

She is currently being treated at the Pailin Provincial Referral Hospital.

The imported case involves a Cambodian woman aged 43, from Pursat province who had travelled from the United States and arrived in Cambodia on 7 January, 2021 after transiting via South Korea. She was tested positive on the 13th day and has been to the National Center for Tuberculosis and Hepatitis C in Phnom Penh.

There were a  total of 108  passengers on the flight, including the infected patient. The remaining 107 had tested negative.

Two of the passengers who had tested negative after the 14 days quarantine period were US diplomats.

The total of 453 confirmed cases include 327 Cambodians, 45 French, 18 Chinese, 13 Malaysians, 13 Indonesians, 12 Americans, 6 British, 3 Vietnamese, 3 Canadians, 3 Indians, 2 Hungarians, 2 Pakistanis, 2 Japanese, 1 Belgian, 1 Kazakhstani, 1 Polish, and 1 Jordanian. Of them, 77 are Cambodian migrant workers from Thailand.

Of these 81 are migrant workers who returned from Thailand.

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