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

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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:00 am

No public gatherings, no visits to the pagoda, family celebrations only, but the elephant in the room is the annual mass migration of the population from cities and towns to people's home villages.

April 3, 2020
National Police Prepared to Curb COVID-19 Spread during Khmer New Year

General Commisariat of National Police has instructed its officers to be ready to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic during the celebration of Khmer New Year, the most important holiday of the year in Cambodia.

In a guideline issued today, General Neth Savoeun, the National Police Chief of Cambodia, set out a number of “necessary: measures that police officers all over the country have to implement to ensure “order and stability” during Khmer New Years, from assigning officers on petrol to combat crimes to controlling the traffics, as many people tend to leave the city for their home to spend the holiday with their family.

Meanwhile, General Savoeun also order his officers to take certain action to prevent the spread of the notorious COVID-19, which by today have seen 114 cases in the kingdom. Those also include the prohibition of public gathering and celebration, except for the small ones held by individual family at their houses.

“Officers have to be assigned to patrol, monitor or be stationed in necessary cases to prevent the public gathering,” he said.

Although it is a Buddhist tradition for people to go to the pagoda to pray and bring food to monks, gathering at all types of monasteries and temples will also be forbidden, according to the instruction.

General Savoeun also commanded the local police to work with the local authorities to keep track and monitor the health of the immigrant workers who have returned to Cambodia and act in accordance with the Health Ministry’s directory on COVID-19 immediately whenever they identify a suspected case.
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50709495/n ... new-years/
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Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Apr 05, 2020 8:50 am

April 3, 2020
Hotel manager tests positive for virus

The Kingdom has detected another case of coronavirus bringing the number of patients to 110, with 34 recoveries.

A Health Ministry statement yesterday said the new patient is a 58-year-old Cambodian man who had come in direct contact with French patients in Preah Sihanouk province.

He is the manager of the Independence Hotel in Sinhanoukville, which has been converted into a quarantine treatment facility, where 33 infected French nationals were isolated.

“He is now receiving treatment at the provincial referral hospital,” the statement said.

Sechou Sethychout, provincial heath department deputy director, said yesterday samples had been taken from all hotel staff after the manager became infected.

“We are waiting to see the results this evening and we will be retesting all of them again” he said. “We cannot comment now because they are still being monitored and quarantined.”

We are using the whole hotel as a treatment facility for COVID-19 patients and do not allow anyone to go in or come out of the building,” Mr Sethychout added.

Mr Sethychout could not confirm how many staff members were involved and referred the question to the provincial authorities.

The hotel manager diagnosed with the disease is the third Cambodian to have been infected through contact with 33 French tourists who tested positive for the virus. The other two were tour guides.
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Post by Stiliko » Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:31 am

There is a Wikipedia page dedicated to tracking Covid19 cases in Cambodia:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_co ... n_Cambodia
Provides some good stats
Including Confirmed cases by provinces, gender and age
& Details of confirmed cases:
Case, Date, Age, Gen⁠der, National⁠ity, Detection location, Treatment facility, Previous country been to, Status
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Post by Stiliko » Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:37 am

Two trends seem to have emerged over the last several days:

1. The number of new cases seems to have leveled off. A significant portion of those infected have recovered. There have been no deaths.

2. No transmission seems to have occurred between Cambodians. All Cambodians infected have contracted it from Westerners, principally the French. Another large group were the attendees of the mosque event in Malaysia.

Believe the official figures? Up to you.
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Post by siliconlife » Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:20 am

Stiliko wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:37 am
Two trends seem to have emerged over the last several days:

1. The number of new cases seems to have leveled off. A significant portion of those infected have recovered. There have been no deaths.

2. No transmission seems to have occurred between Cambodians. All Cambodians infected have contracted it from Westerners, principally the French. Another large group were the attendees of the mosque event in Malaysia.

Believe the official figures? Up to you.
In contradiction to point 2, according to the government's breakdown of the situation yesterday, 16 Cambodians seem to have contracted the virus locally, with 6 local transmissions occurring over the last week. Unless I'm reading the statistics wrong.

See: https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50709645/c ... pril-2020/
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Post by Stiliko » Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:34 pm

siliconlife wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:20 am
Stiliko wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:37 am
Two trends seem to have emerged over the last several days:

1. The number of new cases seems to have leveled off. A significant portion of those infected have recovered. There have been no deaths.

2. No transmission seems to have occurred between Cambodians. All Cambodians infected have contracted it from Westerners, principally the French. Another large group were the attendees of the mosque event in Malaysia.

Believe the official figures? Up to you.
In contradiction to point 2, according to the government's breakdown of the situation yesterday, 16 Cambodians seem to have contracted the virus locally, with 6 local transmissions occurring over the last week. Unless I'm reading the statistics wrong.

See: https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50709645/c ... pril-2020/
What you say is true and I stand corrected.

But it's interesting to note that of the 16 Cambodian cases described as "local" all save one (origin unknown) got it in connection with either a foreigner or the Malaysian mosque group:

case 2 got it from his employer, a Japanese man in his 40s
38 & 39 got it from their husbands who were attendees of the mosque event in Malaysia
83, 84 were tour guides to the group above
85 got it from the Malaysians while attending a local event in Kang Meas
94 origin unknown
95 got it from a mosque attendee
96 was a driver for the French tourist group
103 is a Star TV staff who possibly had contacts with a Thai national
106 is a a college student who arrived from the UK on 28 March.
108 109 are the wife and child of a Malaysian attendee
110 was a hospitality manager for the French tourist group.
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Post by Jack.R. » Sun Apr 05, 2020 2:39 pm

Do they perform random test here?
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Cambodia Breaking News, Poipet: On April 5, 2020, there was a gathering at Poipet International Border Gate in Banteay Meanchey province where local sellers and business people gathered on the Cambodia-Thailand Friendship Bridge to ask Thai authorities about the exact date of the future opening of the Banteay Meanchey border gate between Cambodia and Thailand.
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Cambodian officials, HE NOR Meng Chroun, Deputy Governor of Banteay Meanchey, Brigadier General Long Jun, Deputy Director of the First Gate Department and Brigadier General Ee Chamroeun, came to the scene and explained to the local Cambodian population that the Thailand border is shut down to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the border will remain shut due to the present state of emergency in Thailand. They ask the local people to be patient.
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Post by Stiliko » Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:10 pm

15 cured of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing recovered tally to 50, no new cases
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The Ministry of Health this morning announced the largest number of victims who have been successfully treated and cured of the deadly COVID-19 virus.

Among those release were five Cambodians, one of whom is a 39 year old Government official. Another was a 39 year old tour guide who was working with the French tour group. Among the five is also a 35 years old woman from Battambang.

Others were eight French nationals, four males and four females.

They were all from the heavily infected French tour group now quarantined at the Independent Hotel, Sihanoukville.

Two More Malaysians were also tested negative after a period of treatment. They are aged 64 and 60 and were released from the Kampot provincial referral hospital Friday.

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50709637/1 ... new-cases/
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Post by Arget » Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:53 pm

Again the wording is false. Cambodian medical practitioners are not able to cure anyone of Covid-19.
People who are infected "RECOVER" same as you recover from any flu.

I know it seems improbable that many more Khmer people have not been infected with the amount of people who have arrived from infected nations but I have not heard anything from anyone who has seen large numbers of deaths in Cambodia. Facebook pages have reports of all kinds of uglyness, suicides, murders etc etc but there has been nothing about people dying of any sickness.
Maybe we are just the lucky country...
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