The spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19 is fast becoming a nightmare for provinces bordering Thailand especially after checkpoints were reopened for returnee migrant workers since August 13.
Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey, Siem Reap, Battambang and Preah Vihear provinces, all frontline provinces, are facing a daily deluge of Cambodian migrant workers who are returning from Thailand.
Battambang provincial governor Ngoun Rattanak told Khmer Times yesterday that the number of Delta cases is rising due to the imported cases mostly from migrant workers and community cases are also increasing daily.
He that since the variant was detected in the province the number of cases in the province now stands at 300.
“The cases are still increasing but what helps now is that the province can now conduct PCR testing and there is no need to send samples to Phnom Penh and wait a few days for results anymore. The machine can handle 90 tests every four hours,” Rattanak said.
He said this meant that cases, including the Delta variant, could be identified quickly and swift action could be taken to contain any spread.