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Two more foreign nationals with fever quarantined, COVID-19 tests underway after British man “flees to Kampot”

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Health Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine speaks during a press conference last week. KT/ Siv Channa

Two foreign nationals, a British and a Chinese,  were found exhibiting elevated temperatures of over 38 degrees.

Health officials have collected samples from both patients to be tested for COVID-19,  Health Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine said today.

The two, said Ms Vandine, were diagnosed with fever on March 12 while they were visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum on separate occasions.

The 32-year-old British national was said to have fled to Kampot province after being admitted to Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in the capital for further observation.

“With cooperation from the provincial authorities, we located the patient in Kampot province and has now been admitted at Kampot Provincial Referral Hospital. We have sent the patient’s sample for COVID-19 testing to the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh,” she said.

Kampot provincial health department director Nhea Bunthorn told Khmer Times the patient was seen in the company of two other British nationals.

“We found him along with two others so we brought the three of them to the Provincial Referral Hospital and had put them under quarantine.” he said.

Meanwhile, the Chinese national is currently under observation at Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital.

Ms Vandine said, “We have taken his sample for testing as well. We’re still awaiting the test results for both patients.”

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