CDC: Most of COVID-confirmed Cases in Cambodia Are Imported Cases

AKP Phnom Penh, March 16, 2020 —

Almost all the 12 cases with confirmed COVID-19 infection are imported cases, except the Cambodian man in Siem Reap who was in direct contact with a Japanese infected man, said the Communicable Disease Control Department (CDC) of the Ministry of Health.

The 12 confirmed cases are a Chinese tourist who had been successfully cured and returned to his home country, a Cambodian man in Siem Reap province, three British tourists, a Canadian man, a Belgian man, a French man and his four-month-old baby, a Cambodian man returning from France, and two Cambodian Muslims in Preah Vihear province who returned from a religious event in Malaysia.

In a government’s directive issued last night, Cambodia has advised its people not to travel to European countries, the U.S., and Iran if not necessary.

Moreover, all government’s ministries/institutions, both at national and sub-national level, must not allow their officials at all levels to attend any meetings in the above mentioned countries, the directive added.

If necessary, it continued, each concerned ministries/institutions must contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to commission a representative of the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in the host country to attend the meeting on their behalf.

For any Cambodian civil servants and people who have just returned from European countries, the U.S. and Iran, they are required to self-isolate for 14 days, starting from the day of their return to Cambodia, in accordance with the procedures of the Ministry of Health.

By C. Nika