Cambodia reports 12 COVID-19 new variants, more clusters

PHNOM PENH (PHNOM PENH POST/ANN) – The Cambodian Health Ministry yesterday has confirmed that it had so far found 12 cases of new Covid-19 variants.

It repeated call for the public, particularly Phnom Penh residents, to remain vigilant as the new variants are spreading fast in Phnom Penh and to provinces.

Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine urged the public to refrain from gatherings including wedding and religious ceremonies.

“Stay indoor, do not travel and postpone events at this critical time. This will help to minimise infections,” she said.

Cambodia on Saturday night reported 39 more local COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infected people linked to the third community transmission to 751, said a Ministry of Health (MoH) statement.

File photo shows people waiting to receive the Sinopharm and AstraZeneca vaccines at a hospital in Phnom Penh. PHOTO: AFP

Of those new cases, 20 were found in capital Phnom Penh, 13 in Prey Veng province, five in Kandal province and one in Preah Sihanouk province, MoH’s secretary of state and spokeswoman Vandine said in the statement.

“They were all involved in the third community outbreak of Covid-19 on February 20,” she said, adding that the new patients are currently undergoing treatment at various designated Covid-19 hospitals.

In an effort to contain the virus, the country has closed down all schools, sports facilities, museums, cinemas, and entertainment venues in cities and provinces, where the virus has been detected.

The kingdom has so far registered a total of 1,264 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with one death and 623 recoveries, the statement said.

The Southeast Asian nation has begun an anti-Covid-19 vaccination drive with China’s Sinopharm vaccine since February 10 and with Indian-made AstraZeneca vaccine since March 4.

As of Friday, 235,688 people in the priority groups had been inoculated with the Sinopharm vaccine, and 19,953 with the AstraZeneca vaccine, according to a government report.