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Cambodia records first Omicron community case

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The Ministry of Health on January 9 reported 30 new Covid-19 cases, 29 of which were imported and all were confirmed to be the Omicron variant. Hong Menea

Cambodia records first Omicron community case

The Ministry of Health on January 9 reported 30 new Covid-19 cases, 29 of which were imported and all were confirmed to be the Omicron variant.

The ministry also reported 11 recoveries and no new deaths.

Earlier on January 9, the ministry also announced that it had detected the Kingdom's first Omicron community case. It said the man, a 23-year-old from Phnom Penh’s Russey Keo district – had visited his cousin at a hospital before being detected with the variant.

The ministry noted that from December 27 to January 5, the man had travelled with his cousin – who arrived in Cambodia from Australia on December 27 – to various places including Phnom Penh and the provinces of Kampong Thom, Siem Reap and Kampot.

He visited the cousin at the hospital on January 5 and was detected with the coronavirus later that day. His sample was then sent to the Pasteur Institut du Cambodge and was confirmed as Omicron on January 8.

As of January 9, Cambodia had recorded a total of 120,621 Covid-19 cases with 117,014 recoveries and 3,015 fatalities.

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