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24 out of 32 COVID-19 positive cases in the February 20 Community incident contracted the virus from one super spreader

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A government security official stands guard beside a barricade blocking all traffic from entering or leaving Koh Pich. KT/Pann Rachana

Twenty-four out of the 32 positive cases announced yesterday by the Prime Minister and dubbed as the February 20 Community Incident, got  infected with COVID-19 from a Chinese woman who applied for a health certificate in order to return to China.

Three other Chinese nationals and the Chilean woman were also tested positive when they asked for a health certificate.

The new patients are in their twenties and thirties. 29 of them are Chinese, and the rest are Cambodian, Chilean and Vietnamese nationals.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Hun Sen,  declared the third COVID-19 community outbreak in Phnom Penh capital city, after the detection of the 32 new cases.

He called for understanding as some areas in Phnom Penh have been blocked and the residents in those areas will be tested and placed under 14-day quarantine.

Despite the new COVID-19 community outbreak named Feb. 28 Community Event, social activities, sports activities and schools will not be banned, but health preventive measures must be tightened, underlined the Premier.

He also ordered to lockdown N8 club, entertainment places, apartments and restaurants around the transmitted area, and called on citizens to strictly follow the COVID19 preventive measures.

The government expected that “Community 20 February” will end within one month if there is close cooperation from citizens.

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