Pailin Provincial Administration have detained a man who appears to have visited 10 provinces while carrying the deadly COVID virus.
This has raised fears that the man may have transmitted the virus across Cambodia. Authorities are now urgently conducting contact tracing, but are hampered by the man’s claims not to remember the exact locations he stayed and slept at during his journey.
On May 14, 2021, the emergency response team of Pailin Provincial Health Department confirmed that Keng Raviphet, a 26-year-old Cambodian man, currently living in Sangkat Boeung Kak I, Khan Toul Kork, Phnom Penh, was positive for COVID. This diagnosis came after he had been detained with another man while trying to cross into Pailin province on the 14th of May.
It was then discovered that the man – who works as a tire seller – had an extensive travel history and may have spread the deadly virus to a number of Cambodian provinces.