Information on Coronavirus in Cambodia from 8 March 2020 (Latest Updates)

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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:40 pm

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'We're not being quarantined. We're being detained.' Americans stuck in Cambodia amid pandemic
Deirdre Shesgreen Kim Hjelmgaard
USA TODAY
15 March 2020
When Ryan Knapp and his wife booked a Viking River cruise along the Mekong Delta, they thought it would be a dream trip – a chance to finally see Angkor Wat, the stunning Buddhist temple complex, and explore other parts of Cambodia.

But what began as a long-anticipated vacation on a luxury cruise has become a stress-filled nightmare.

With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading like wildfire across the globe, the Illinois couple is now stranded in a foreign country that is housing them in a "filthy," dilapidated hotel, after three other passengers on the vessel tested positive for the virus.

They have no idea when, or how, they will be able to return to the United States.

"We’re just feeling helpless. It’s hard to see exactly how this plays out," the 57-year-old Knapp said during a phone interview from what he described as an "abandoned hotel" in Kampong Cham, a city in southeastern Cambodia where they were forced to disembark from their cruise. The Viking Mekong is styled as a colonial-era French riverboat.

Foreign governments have been pressuring Cambodian authorities at the highest levels to move the Americans and other foreign nationals to another hotel or more sanitary surroundings, but the Cambodian government has insisted on keeping them at the hotel, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of jeopardizing relations with Cambodia's government. The person said there is another, separate luxury cruise ship currently stuck in Phnom Penh that also has Americans and foreigners on board.
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/wor ... 053446002/
^^ The unhappy American couple from the Viking Mekong cruise ship, who gave an interview complaining that they were being detained in bad conditions by the Cambodian authorities, have since tested positive for the coronavirus and will remain in quarantine :
An American couple that criticised Cambodian quarantine methods to a US-based newspaper was tested Covid-19 positive, Prime Minister HE said on Wednesday.
He said the couple is among the Viking Cruise Journey passengers who are quarantined in Kampong Cham province, and among two others who were confirmed positive for the disease on Tuesday.
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ ... et-virus-0
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Re: Information on Coronavirus in Cambodia from 8 March 2020

Post by nave » Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:52 pm

miciur wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:56 pm
I hear now. King announced the state of emergency. News is not checked!!
anyone have updates?
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Re: Information on Coronavirus in Cambodia from 8 March 2020

Post by lostjeremy » Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:57 pm

There's this new announcement. It reads like schools are now closed to teachers and staff also. I've seen pics on FB of teachers doing their online classes from their classroom at school so I guess that's been blocked now as well. Have to teach from home only.Image




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Post by mcam » Thu Mar 26, 2020 6:16 pm

Not quite an accurate translation just says teachers should try to teach from home online doesn't say schools are closed to staff and teachers.
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Re: Information on Coronavirus in Cambodia from 8 March 2020

Post by clutchcargo » Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:38 pm

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Government Struggles to Monitor Returning Migrant Workers for Coronavirus
25 March 2020

PHNOM PENH — Only 35 of the around 15,000 Cambodian migrant workers who returned to the country from Thailand have been tested for the coronavirus, with Interior Minister Sar Kheng admitting the government was incapable of testing everyone.

After Thailand announced it was closing all land border crossings with Cambodia, thousands of Cambodians flocked to the border attempting to get back before the ban was enforced on Sunday. The Interior Minister pegged the number of returnees at 15,000.

However, the Banteay Meanchey Health Department reported that only 35 individuals had been tested for the respiratory disease at the Poipet border crossing, a major checkpoint for the movement of workers and goods between Cambodia and Thailand.

Keo Sopheaktra, director at the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Health Department, said the 35 were tested because they had a high temperature and showed some symptoms, such as a sore throat.

“We have found 35 people on Monday and their sample were sent to Phnom Penh,” Kep Sopheaktra said.

He added that the 35 Cambodians were currently placed under observation at Cambodia-Japan Friendship Hospital and Poipet Referral Hospital.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng admitted Tuesday that Cambodian authorities could not monitor all 15,000 of people nor enforce a 14-day quarantine for all the returnees.

However, he ordered provincial authorities to monitor those who had just returned and search for people who may have had the disease.

“Please explain to them not to touch each other,” he said. “If there is any one in the village who is positive, quarantine the whole family or the whole village.”
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/5344353.html
A few more updates to this news.

2 days ago:

'Interior Minister Sar Kheng today said the government is considering to lock down any villages where more than two migrant workers from Thailand are found to have contracted COVID-19.

Speaking at a press conference at the Phnom Penh International Airport today, Mr Kheng said that the public are concerned over the arrival of migrant workers from Thailand who had no health checks for Coronavirus.' https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50705249/g ... sar-kheng/

20 hrs ago:

'Relevant officials are on a race to locate migrant workers who recently returned from Thailand to observe their health conditions and mitigate risks of a COVID-19 outbreak following the order of Prime Minister HE yesterday.

Speaking to hundreds of health practitioners, Mr HE said all returning migrant workers must receive health checks and isolate themselves from their families even if they do not exhibit symptoms of the disease.

“Provincial authorities must ensure they use all means necessary to widely disseminate information about infection preventative and control measures, including practising self-isolation, to migrant workers who returned home,” he said.

“I have assigned authorities at each province to designate specific quarantine sites or monitor the workers sequestered at home,” Mr HE added.'
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50705864/o ... th-checks/
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Post by Doc67 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:54 pm

King Keil wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:39 pm
Doc67 wrote:
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"Small Country, Big Heart: Cambodia Announces Free Treatment for All Covid-19 Patients"

“Cambodia is poor, but we have big heart. We cover all the expenses for Covid-19 patients both local and foreigners in the Kingdom,” the premier said.
http://m.en.freshnewsasia.com/index.php ... 49-35.html
How much is a couple of paracetamol and a blast of oxygen anyway.

From some of the videos clips getting out of Spanish hospitals, things are even worse there. When all the beds are full you are better off at home.

Coronavirus: Hospital from hell where coughing patients lay slumped on floor in corridor

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https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/c ... s-21736869
That is a good question. Saw a report from an italian hospital where they said 90% that they put on a respirator are dying anyway. I would prefer to fight it out at home in cambodia because there would only be my gf who could make it worse.
Have you got a source for that? Not questioning, just very interested in proper numbers and stats behind the deaths..
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Re: Information on Coronavirus in Cambodia from 8 March 2020

Post by newkidontheblock » Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:42 am

clutchcargo wrote:“I have assigned authorities at each province to designate specific quarantine sites or monitor the workers sequestered at home,” Mr HE added.'
Sequestering a coronavirus infected Khmer at home in the provinces is a terrible idea. 10-15 plus family members staying in a couple of rooms, guarantees all of them will get it in a few weeks of quarantine. Siblings, parents, relatives, children, all cramped into a couple of rooms. Bad idea, even the villagers know this. Or are afraid of them. Not sure which.

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That’s why they are building chicken coops for isolation out in the provinces. Is it humane?

Oh, to the poster who suggested a ‘blast of oxygen’ as a form of treatment (as well as acetaminophen).

That aerosolizes the coronavirus and allows it to really spread far and wide. The worst thing possible to do.

Please stay safe out there.
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:08 am

Cambodia Reports Two New Cases of COVID-19 and a Recovered Case

AKP Phnom Penh, March 26, 2020 -- Cambodia this evening reported two new cases of confirmed COVID-19 infection and a recovered case, according to a press release of the Ministry of Health.

The two new reported cases were found in Siem Reap province on two Indonesian nationals, aged 41 and 44 years old, while the recovered case is a 57-year-old Cambodian man in Koh Kong province.

As of this evening, there are in total 98 COVID-19 patients in Cambodia, including 38 Cambodians, 36 French, 12 Malaysians, 5 British, 2 Americans, 2 Indonesian, one Canadian, one Belgian, and one Chinese. Of them, 11 have recovered.
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:32 am

Online Tourist Accommodation Log Launched to Prevent Covid-19 Spread
AKP Phnom Penh, March 26, 2020 --

Ministry of Tourism launches an online system of tourist accommodation management for all hotels and guesthouses to better prevent the epidemic of Covid-19.

The move was announced in the ministry’s press release issued yesterday, encouraging owners of hotels and guesthouses to carry out their obligation to ensure proper registration.

The online log for accommodation of tourists is available at www.accommodationregistrar.net.

The system will enable the ministry to register the attendance of national and international tourists staying at hotels and guesthouses to competent authorities so that they could monitor or take timely actions for any suspicion of Covid-19 contraction.

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Re: Information on Coronavirus in Cambodia from 8 March 2020

Post by Arget » Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:52 am

Online education is ok as long as you are a CPP member.

Former CNRP activist nabbed for offering online English classes
Niem Chheng | Publication date 27 March 2020 | 02:35 ICT

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Keo Thai was arrested at home for teaching online. Supplied
Authorities detained a high school teacher in Kampong Chhnang province on Thursday after he was caught conducting online classes despite the fact that schools had been ordered to close temporarily to prevent Covid-19 infections.

Keo Thai teaches at Boribo High School in Kampong Chhnang and is a member of the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association (Cita) in the province as well as a former member of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

He was arrested and sent to Phnom Penh on Thursday after announcing to offer online English classes, his daughter Keo Rachana said.

She said police surrounded their house at 6am and told Thai to come out, but he refused to do so because the authorities did not have an arrest warrant.

But at about 7am, she said, the provincial court prosecutor reached the house.

“I asked for an arrest warrant but he said that he is the prosecutor. He confiscated three phones which belong to me and my parents. Then, he wrote a letter regarding the confiscation.

“He said if I do not allow him to check the house, he would further sue my family as he had already had an arrest warrant,” she said.

When Thai came down, provincial authorities put him in their police car, while Rachana was left wondering why he was arrested.

“My father stopped teaching extra classes when the Minstry of Education ordered all schools closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19. He then began teaching online,” Rachana said.

The arrest came a day after Prime Minister HE said a teacher and former Cita member had announced on social media the opening of extra classes.

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport spokesman Ros Sovichea declined to comment on the arrest, and referred reporters to an annoucement that the ministry made on Thursday.

The ministry’s annoucement said: “Teaching extra classes is banned in the period of fighting against Covid-19 infections. The ministry will take action against offenders.”

While confirming Thai’s arrest, National Police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun said the teacher is involved in many other cases.

“He was a suspect who incited and conspired with traitors, especially when he was an activist. He was on the court’s [black] list but was spared any legal action by the government. Instead, he was put under court observation.

“After he was forgiven, he didn’t seem to change. He even created more problems by producing inciteful news, which means he did not change.

“He is still inciteful. He has been sent to Phnom Penh to be legally processed and sent to court,” he said.
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