Sous Yara, a 47-year-old National Assembly member who tested positive for Covid-19 following a visit by Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto on November 3, has recovered and been discharged from the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital.
Another Covid-19 patient who was not involved in the November 3 visit was also discharged from the hospital on November 16. In a press release on November 17, the Ministry of Health said the patient was a 31-year-old Cambodian woman who arrived from Japan on October 19.
Both patients tested negative twice before being discharged.
Health ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told The Post on November 17 that Yara had recovered fast thanks to his strong overall health.
“It depends on the response of human organs during treatment. The treatment is always different from one human to another. We’ve also had others who recovered quickly,” she said.
The other three patients involved in the November 3 visit remained hospitalised, according to the ministry.
In the same press release, the ministry also announced it had detected another Covid-19 patient – a 56-year-old Cambodian-American man who stayed in a gated community in Phnom Penh. The patient, who arrived from the US to Cambodia via Taiwan on November 15, is being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital.
There were 164 passengers travelling alongside the man, all of whom tested negative. Ten are being quarantined at the Hun Sen Borey 100 Khnong High School while the other 154 were quarantined in four separate hotels in Phnom Penh.
The latest case brings the total Covid-19 tally in the Kingdom to 303, of whom 61 are females. Of the total, 291 have recovered while the remaining 12 are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport spokesman Ros Soveacha told The Post on November 17 that 24 units under the ministry had been involved with the November 3 Hungarian visit. Of the number, nine are public educational establishments; 10 are private educational institutions; four are provincial education departments; and one is a sporting club in the Olympic Stadium.
“The education ministry’s units that were involved with the November 3 event had followed the health ministry’s guidance measures consistently. They suspended studies in classrooms temporarily for two weeks and continued online classes in Phnom Penh, Kandal province and target locations,” he said.
Soveacha said the schools’ boards of management, teachers, educational staff, students, parents and relevant parties had to continue to carry out health safety measures attentively according to the standard operating procedures set by the education and health ministries.
On November 18, the fourth and last tests for people involved in the November 3 event, including Prime Minister Hun Sen, ministers, officials and reporters, will be administered. From November 4-15, a total of 3,918 people had been tested for Covid-19.