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Two COVID-19 patients from Viking Cruise Journey transferred to capital

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Health officials prepare to take samples from passengers of the ship. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Two British nationals who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week were transferred today to a hospital in the capital at the request of the British Embassy.

The patients, aged 72 and 63, were passengers on the Viking Cruise Journey currently docked in Kampong Cham province. Both were admitted to Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital for further observation, revealed the Health Ministry.

Samples from four of the six people who came in direct contact with said patients came back negative for COVID-19 upon testing at the capital’s Pasteur Institute. Testing for the remaining two samples is underway.

Meanwhile, all samples from 179 individuals who came in indirect contact with the patients tested negative.

According to the ministry, the remaining 61 passengers and crew members of the ship have been placed under a 14-day quarantine at a hotel in Kampong Cham.

The Health Ministry on Monday identified a British woman as the third patient diagnosed of coronavirus infection in the Kingdom. She was aboard the Viking Cruise Journey from Ho Chi Minh city that docked in Kampong Cham last Saturday.

The woman was infected by a Vietnamese national who took the same flight as her from London to Hanoi.

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