Cluster infections of COVID-19 in Cambodia on the rise, cases at 47 as of last night

Cambodians who had returned from Malaysia after a religious event there continued to be detected with COVID-19 virus.

This also includes 11 Malaysians, some of whom had not been at the congregation but were at places where other victims were believed to have congregated.

Cambodia’s Ministry of Health announced in a press statement late on Thursday that the 10 people were tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of the confirmed cases in the kingdom to 47.

The new patients included four Cambodians—two women and two men—and six Malaysian missionaries, the statement said.

The two women, living in Battambang province were infected by the virus from their husbands, who took part in a mass religious ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from Feb. 27 to March 1, it said, adding that the two men—one of whom lives in Phnom Penh and the other in Kandal province, had contracted the virus when they attended the religious event in Kuala Lumpur.

According to the statement, the six Malaysian missionaries came from Malaysia to teach Islam to villagers in Kampong Cham province.

The patients have been put in isolation rooms in designated hospital for treatment, it said.

A total of 79 Cambodians took part in the Islamic religious events in Kuala Lumpur, and 23 of them had so far been tested positive for the COVID-19, the statement said, adding that health authorities are trying to track down the rest of them.

Reference from Khmer Times

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