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French COVID-19 patient airlifted to Phnom Penh

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Medical workers spray disinfectants at isolation rooms in Preah Sihanouk Provincial Referral Hospital. Supplied

One of the two French tourists tested positive for COVID-19 in Preah Sihanouk province was airlifted to a Phnom Penh hospital because he has a lung disease, according to a health department official.

Two French tourists aged 67 and 80 who arrived in Sihanoukville on March 18 have been quarantined after being tested positive for the virus on Saturday night.

Sechou Sethychot, deputy director of the provincial health department, said today the 67-year-old French man was sent to a Phnom Penh hospital today for treatment.


“One of the two Frenchmen had a history of lung disease before he was infected with COVID-19,” he said. “His health condition seems serious.”


“We have contacted the French embassy and the Ministry of Health. They allowed him to be transferred by  helicopter to Phnom Penh,” he added.


Dr Sethychot said the health of the 80-year-old man is normal as of today and is being given medical treatment at the provincial referral hospital.


Provincial authorities also imposed a 14-day quarantine for 37 people – 34 of whom are French nationals, and three Cambodians – in a hotel in Sihanoukville.

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