Delta variant cases in Cambodia jump to 2,647

The total number of Delta variant cases of SARS-CoV-2 in Cambodia has risen to 2,647 after 251 new infections were confirmed.

According to the  Ministry of Health (MoH), most of the cases were detected in Phnom Penh while the rest were found in 22 provinces.

Only two provinces, Kep and Kratie have managed to be rid of the Delta Variant since the first case broke out on March 31 2021.

Health Minister Mam Bunheng reiterated his call on the public to increase vigilance as the Delta variant is more transmissible than other previously circulating strains.

“We have to adapt to the new normal in order to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19, especially its variants,” he said in the statement.

The minister also urged people to continue wearing face masks, washing hands frequently, maintaining physical distancing, and avoiding crowded areas, and to go for free COVID-19 vaccines when their turns come.

The Southeast Asian nation began a COVID-19 inoculation drive in February, targeting to vaccinate 12 million people, or 75 percent of the kingdom’s 16-million population, by the end of this year.

Most of the vaccines used in the kingdom’s immunization program are China’s Sinovac and Sinopharm.

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