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Cambodia reports three more COVID-19 positive cases, bringing total to 246

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Cambodia’s COVID-19 positive cases increased aby another three to 246 when the Ministry of Health announced the new detections.

All three were Cambodians who had returned from Pakistan via Malaysia. There were all males aged 24 from Kompong Cham and another two aged 26 and 27 from Kompong Chhnang.

This brings the total number of imported cases in Cambodia, mostly inflicting Cambodians to 222, the remaining 24 cases being local infected ones.

In addition, one new recovery, that of a 29-year-old Cambodian male from Kratie, who had returned from Indonesia was treated successfully and discharged.

This brought the total recoveries to 215. There are still 31 COVID-19 positive patients undergoing treatment at various health facilities in the country.

The 246 confirmed cases in the Kingdom include 163 Cambodians, 40 French, 13 Malaysians, 8 Indonesians, 6 Americans, 5 British, 3 Chinese, 3 Vietnamese, 2 Canadians, 1 Belgian, 1 Indian, and 1 Kazakhstani.

Meanwhile, temporary flight bans still remains in place for flights originating from Malaysia and Indonesia.

The fact that all cases emerging from Malaysia were not passengers whose original point of embarkation was not Malaysia seems to have missed authorities’ attention. All Cambodians detected positive in July, which led to the ban on flights, were merely transiting through Malaysia.

They had originated from Russia, Middle East and Pakistan.

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