Border police yesterday quarantined 28 migrant workers who were detained and deported from Thailand for illegally entering that country to find work.
The returnees were then detained by police in Banteay Meanchey province and placed in quarantine in Malai district’s Boeng Beng commune.
Second Lieutenant Phan Samnang, a Deputy Chief of the 815th Border Police Battalion, said that in cooperation with the commune administration and the Malai district military force, they apprehended the workers including 12 females at Chambok Post.
He said the workers were told not to trust employment agents and made to sign a contract to stop looking for work in Thailand because it is easy to be cheated.
“All 28 workers, after being educated, were sent to the quarantine center Level 1 at Malai High School for medical examination. If they do not test positive for COVID-19, we will allow them to return home to continue self quarantine,” Sec Lt Samnang added.
Le Chan Sangvat, director of the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Health Department, could not be reached for comment.
The 28 migrant workers came from Siem Reap province 15 (including five females), two from Prey Veng (one female), three from Battambang (two females), one from Tbong Khmum, one from Phnom Penh, five from Pursat (two females), four from Banteay Meanchey (two females), and one from Kampong Speu.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health reported that five COVID-19 patients recovered yesterday, bringing the Kingdom’s total recoveries to 271.
In a statement this morning, the ministry said a 26-year-old Cambodian man, who returned from Russia on July 19, had recovered.
Four Chinese men, aged 24, 20, 27, and 23 who returned from the Philippines on August 9, also recovered.
Cambodia has a total of 274 COVID-19 cases. Of them, 271 patients (98.91 percent) have recovered.
In related news, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced on his Facebook page that yesterday was the first day of the 15-day Pchum Ben festival. He said this is a time when Buddhists have the opportunity to meet relatives in nearby places, especially in pagodas.
He called on all people to continue to participate in preventing the spread of COVID-19 by diligently washing their hands with soap or alcohol, and wearing masks during events which are attended by many people.
“Do not neglect or underestimate COVID-19 because it is a very deadly epidemic and there is no cure yet,” Mr Hun Sen said.