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    Caution urged as COVID-19 cases rise in Cambodia

    PHNOM PENH (XINHUA) – Cambodian Ministry of Health’s Secretary of State and spokeswoman Or Vandine has called on the public to continue to exercise caution as the Southeast Asian nation has seen a spike in new COVID-19 cases.

    Forty-seven new cases were confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests in the country on Saturday, bringing the total tally to 136,753, with 133,495 recoveries and 3,056 deaths, the ministry said.

    No new deaths have been reported from the pandemic since April, the ministry added.

    Vandine urged people to strictly follow health protocols, including wearing a face mask, washing hands regularly and maintaining physical distancing, and to get their booster doses in order to prevent a big surge in new cases.

    “Complacency is a window of opportunity for COVID-19 virus to circulate in the community,” she wrote on social media.

    “To sustain a new normal, everyone must continue to implement public health measures and to get vaccines as soon as possible when your turn comes,” she added.

    Buoyed by its high vaccination rates, Cambodia has resumed all socio-economic activities and re-opened its borders to travellers without quarantine since November last year.

    Some 15.1 million people, or 94.4 per cent of Cambodia’s 16 million population, have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the ministry said, adding that 14.4 million, or 90 per cent of the population, have been fully vaccinated with two shots.

    A vendor pushes a cart at a Phnom Penh market. PHOTO: AFP
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