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Ministry reports increased COVID-19 national recovery figure

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Doctors check a patient. Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital

The Health Ministry yesterday reported two COVID-19 patients have recovered, raising the national recovery figure to 25.

A ministry statement identified the patients as a 61-year-old Malaysian national and a 30-year-old man who recently returned from religious congregation in the Southeast Asian country.

“Both men tested negative twice for COVID-19 and they have been discharged from hospital,” it said, adding they were treated at a hospital in Kep province.

The ministry added 5,768 samples were taken between January and Tuesday, noting there have been 109 confirmed cases as of yesterday.

The ministry said 84 patients are still recovering in treatment facilities in the provinces of Kep, Kampot, Kampong Cham, Battambang, Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk and Banteay Meanchey.

Noy Sreymao, wife of a former COVID-19 patient in Siem Reap, said yesterday her husband has fully recovered.

Battambang provincial hospital where virus patients are treated. KT/Khem Sovannara

“A doctor instructed him to self-isolate at home for two weeks to ensure no family member would be infected,” Ms Sreymao said. “I set up an isolation room downstairs and we practice good hygiene every day.”

“He is healthy now and his appetite has also recovered,” she added. “Neighbours did not panic when my husband arrived home.”

In other news, the Defence Ministry yesterday said it has received more than two tonnes of medical equipment donated by China’s People’s Liberation Army.

General Sum Samnang, director general of the ministry’s logistics and finance department, yesterday thanked the PLA for the donation.

“This donation will help Cambodia succeed in its fight against COVID-19,” Gen Samnang said.

According to the World Health Organization, there have been 750,890 confirmed global cases, including 36,405 deaths.

“Ensuring free movement of essential health products is vital for saving lives and curbing the social and economic impacts of the pandemic,” WHO said.

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