Cambodia Has ‘Sporadic’ COVID-19 Cases under New WHO Classification System

AKP Phnom Penh, April 10, 2020 —

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has changed its system for classifying COVID-19 with Cambodia now listed as having only “sporadic” cases.

Among neighboring countries, Laos also has sporadic cases whereas Vietnam has “clusters of cases” and Thailand has “community transmission,” WHO says.

Sporadic cases are defined as “one or more cases, imported or locally detected.”

Clusters are “clustered in time, geographic location and/or by common exposures” and community transmission indicates “larger outbreaks of local transmission defined through an assessment of factors.”

The new classifications are contained in the latest daily WHO situation report which shows 212 countries, territories and areas with laboratory-confirmed cases.

Based on reports received Thursday as of 10:00 Central European Time (15:00 in Cambodia), WHO said most cases in its Western Pacific region involved clusters.

In addition to Vietnam, these include Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore.

Others in the Western Pacific with only sporadic cases — like Cambodia and Laos — include Brunei and New Zealand.

Indonesia — which belongs to a separate WHO region along with fellow ASEAN members Thailand and Myanmar — was classified as having community transmission. WHO meanwhile classified Myanmar’s cases as sporadic.

In the five European countries with most cases, WHO said classification was “pending” for Spain, Italy Germany, France and Britain.

The United States was classified as having community transmission.

Until Thursday, WHO classified cases as “local transmissions” (countries, territories or areas with infections from within) or “imported cases only” (those where all cases had been acquired abroad).

WHO says it reviews classifications on a weekly basis for possible upgrading or downgrading as new information becomes available.

By Sao Da