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Cambodia records less than 100 COVID cases

PHNOM PENH (PHNOM PENH POST/ANN) – The Cambodian Ministry of Health has reported only 97 new COVID-19 cases, nine of which were imported and all were confirmed to be the Omicron variant.

The ministry also reported 152 recoveries and one new death.

As of March 20, Cambodia had recorded a total of 134,986 Covid-19 cases with 130,956 recoveries and 3,051 fatalities.

Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping has committed another 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Cambodia, five million of which are expected to arrive late this month.

Xi made the pledge on March 18 during a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen, according to Kao Kim Hourn, a minister delegate attached to the prime minister.

This comes just over three months after Beijing announced that it would work with Phnom Penh to set up a Sinopharm jab manufacturing venture in Cambodia sometime soon.

According to Ministry of Health secretary of state York Sambath, Sinopharm too has expressed willingness to work with Chinese ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian and the Kingdom on the project.

During the meeting, the two leaders also advocated for more direct flights between the two countries, as well as development projects such as roads and schools, Kim Hourn went on to say.

Health staff picking up confirmed COVID patients to transfer into isolation centres in Cambodia. PHOTO: ANN