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MS Westerdam set to allow passengers to disembark Friday, 20 ill passengers test negative for Coronavirus

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The governor of Sihanoukville, Kuoch Chamroeun at the port this morning. Fresh News

The blood specimens of 20 passengers on board the MS Westerdam, currently docked off Sihanoukville, was returned as Negative.

Ministry of Health spokesman Or Vandin in confirming this to Khmer Times said that all tests – blood and throat swabs proved negative and as such there was no reason to get further samples.

“The passengers who were taken ill had acute influenza, sore throats and diarrhea but all tests for Covid 19 or Novel Coronavirus  turned up negative.”

Prime Minister Hun Sen is expected to arrive at Sihanoukville early Friday morning to receive the passengers as they disembark from the vessel and boarding busses to Sihanoukville airport where aircrafts are being readied for flying them to Phnom Penh.

From the capital, they will be flying home and may possibly face quarantine upon their arrival, it was learned.

According to the prime minister’s face book post, he said “Thanks to Peace! Because of peace in Cambodia, I decided to allow entry for a big cruise to dock at Sihanoukville port to assist those who have been on the ship for 13 days to return to their country safe,” the premier wrote.

“Tomorrow morning, 14 February, I will welcome them at Sihanoukville as the host with responsibility and solidarity.”

The premier added that, “I thank the World Health Organisation and other countries [having their citizens on board] for trusting us. A friend in need is a friend indeed. Hard time reveals true friend.”



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