Cambodia confirms 21 more local COVID-19 cases

PHNOM PENH (XINHUA) – Cambodia yesterday reported 21 more local COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infected people linked to the third community transmission to 446, said a Ministry of Health (MoH) statement.

The new cases were detected in capital Phnom Penh and southwestern Preah Sihanouk province, the statement said, adding that they were related to the third community outbreak on February 20.

The patients are currently undergoing treatment at various designated COVID-19 hospitals, it said.

In a bid to stem the outbreak, schools, gyms and entertainment venues as well as dozens of businesses have been temporarily closed. Authorities on Thursday also restricted travel to and from Preah Sihanouk province.

Cambodia began an anti-COVID-19 inoculation drive on February 10. According to an official data, as of Friday, some 153,718 people in the priority groups had been vaccinated against the virus.

The country has so far recorded 953 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with zero deaths and 491 recoveries, the MoH said.