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Cambodia’s COVID-19 situation sees 3 more imported cases, crosses red line, bringing tally to 344

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An ambulance and medical personnel preparing to evacuate a COVID-19 patient at Phnom Penh. Swift News

Cambodia’s COVID-19 situation has risen alarmingly over the past week as a result of a super spreader in a community outbreak which has thus far seen 29 cases being detected.

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In addition, Ministry of Health has discovered another three unrelated imported cases today, thus bringing the total COVID-19 positive cases to 344.

According to Ms Youk Sambath, Secretary of State at the Ministry, the latest three cases were all males, comprising one Cambodian and two Americans who returned from the United States via Chinese Taipei.

Further details have not been released by the ministry and expected Sunday.

Meanwhile Ms Or Vandine, spokesperson for the Ministry and also Secretary of State said that the Ministry of Health is continuously evaluating the current situation of the pandemic in Cambodia.

“The current situation can be said to have crossed the red line in terms of clusters or community outbreak and meaning that it has reached a serious level. However, the situation has not yet reached the line where a lockdown of Phnom Penh may be considered.”

With these new cases, the tally rose to 344, of them 304 have been successfully recovered, with no fatal case.

The tally of 344, including 226 Cambodians, 45 French, 18 Chinese, 13 Malaysians, 9 Indonesians, 11 Americans, 6 British, 3 Vietnamese, 3 Canadians, 3 Indians, 2 Hungarians, 2 Pakistanis, 1 Belgian, 1 Kazakhstani, and 1 Polish.

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