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Despite stringent entry requirements, Cambodia registers its 130th COVID-19 positive case

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Cambodia has reported another new case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number to 130,  the Ministry of Health said in a press release this morning.

The 130th case is a Cambodia-American, aged 66 years old living in the U.S. He arrived in Phnom Penh on June 21. He is now admitted to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital for medical treatment.

The total 130 confirmed cases in the Kingdom include 59 Cambodians, 40 French, 13 Malaysians, five British, three Chinese, three Vietnamese, two Americans, two Indonesians, two Canadians, and one Belgian. Of them, 127 or 97.69 percent have been cured successfully.

Since the first case reported in Preah Sihanouk province in late January, the COVID-19 pandemic has so far hit 13 provinces and capital of Cambodia.

All the cases since a long lull from April 12, were imported cases, comprising Cambodians returning from abroad.

Despite stringent entry requirements enforced by the Cambodian authorities, sporadic cases are cropping up. However, it must be pointed out that these cases are not isolated and not cluster in nature.

The Prime Minister and the Ministry of Health have issues repeated calls to the people to be vigilant and continue to practice social distancing and personal hygiene at all times.

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