Cambodia’s COVID-19 caseload surpasses 80,000

PHNOM PENH (XINHUA) – Cambodia’s COVID-19 case total has surged to 80,225 yesterday after 591 fresh infections were confirmed across the country, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

The new infections included 408 domestic cases and 183 imported ones, the ministry said.

Nineteen more fatalities were reported, taking the overall death toll to 1,507, it said, adding that 618 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 73,421.

The Southeast Asian nation launched a COVID-19 vaccination drive for adults on February 10 and for adolescents aged 12 to 17 on August 1, targetting to inoculate 12 million people including 10 million adults and two million adolescents, or 75 per cent of its 16-million population by November.

As of August 4, some 7.7 million people including 7.54 million adults and 163,201 adolescents have received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccines, accounting for 48 per cent of the kingdom’s total population, the ministry said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) representative to Cambodia Li Ailan said that vaccines are highly effective against severe illness and death caused by COVID-19 variants, including Delta.

Residents tested for COVID-19 in Cambodia. PHOTO: THE STAR