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PM urges caution as Polish man tests positive for Covid

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Prime Minister Hun Sen called for people to continue to be vigilant against Covid-19 as he visited Banteay Meanchey province on Wednesday. SPM

PM urges caution as Polish man tests positive for Covid

The Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported that a 47-year-old Polish man tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Cambodia on Monday.

There are a total of six Covid-19 patients currently in the country, all of whom are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh.

In a press release, the ministry said the Polish traveller stayed temporarily at a hotel in Preah Sihanouk province after he arrived from South Korea.

It said the man was travelling with 53 other passengers on the flight. Several hotels in Phnom Penh are housing 27 of the passengers for their 14-day quarantine while the remaining 26 are being isolated at the Air Force base.

While visiting citizens affected by floods in Banteay Meanchey province on Wednesday, Prime Minister Hun Sen called for people to continue to be vigilant against Covid-19.

“We have managed this situation well, but I still call on our people, no matter where they are, to follow the health ministry’s advice,” he said.

He added that everyone has to exercise caution regarding Covid-19, especially those assisting victims on the frontlines. He said there are a number of prime ministers, presidents and ministers in various countries who have been infected by Covid-19.

“Although I am a prime minister, it doesn’t mean that there’s no possibility of me getting infected with this disease. Don’t be too confident. During this pandemic, just because we do not touch one another’s hands, it does not mean that we are not friends with each other. We have to join hands to fight Covid-19,” he said.

As of Wednesday morning, the Kingdom had recorded a total of 286 Covid-19 cases, 56 of them females.

The ministry said among the six patients remaining hospitalised, there is one Indonesian man, two Cambodian men, one Cambodian woman, one French woman and the Polish man who recently tested positive.


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