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Cambodia’s February 20 Community Event takes a bad turn with tally rising to 99 with three cases of a new strain

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Police stopping motorists at a barricade set up at an entry point to Koh Pich where the February 20 cluster spread. KT/Pann Rachana

Cambodia’s February 20 Community Event positive cases saw yet another 23 tested positive overnight, bringing this community outbreak infection cases total to 99.

In addition, there were two more imported cases.

The Ministry of Health said with the 25 new cases, Cambodia’s COVID-19 positive cases tally has risen to 593.

The new infections detected include UK variant (SARS-Cov-2 UK Variant 20l/501Y.V1 and B.1.1.7.

According to the ministry, the 23 locally transmitted cases include 20 Chinese, 2 Cambodians, and 1 Vietnamese national, aged between 20 and 44 years old.

The two imported cases involve Cambodian peacekeepers returning from their mission in Africa and arriving in Cambodia on February 21.

They have been admitted to the Training Centre for Multinational Peacekeeping Forces in Kampong Speu province.

The other 117 passengers on the same flight had negative test results and have been placed under 14-day quarantine at the same training school.

The tally has now risen to 593, including 363 Cambodians, 107 Chinese, 45 French, 18 Indonesians, 13 Malaysians, 12 Americans, 6 British, 6 Vietnamese, 5 Indians, 3 Canadians, 2 Hungarians, 2 Pakistanis, 2 Japanese, 2 Nigerians, 1 Belgian, 1 Kazakhstani, 1 Polish, 1 Jordanian, 1 Swiss, 1 Czech, and 1 Korean.

Meanwhile, there was no new recoveries.

The total number of cured patients in the Kingdom therefore stands at 475 with no fatal cases.

About 23 locations – entertainment clubs, hotels, apartments, schools – believed to be related to the Feb. 20 Community Event have been located and temporary closed down.

The Ministry of Health called on those who went to the above locations between Feb. 6 and 20, 2021 and other related people to be honest and open and to volunteer to get tested at the Chak Ang-re Health Centre in Phnom Penh and be quarantined for 14 days.

Besides the 23 locations, all public and private schools in Phnom Penh capital and Kandal province have to be temporarily shut down for two weeks,

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