Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sar Kheng announced on May 12 that he has tested positive for Covid-19 and has cancelled or postponed his appointments in the immediate future for self-isolation.

In a social media post, he said he began to feel unwell earlier that day, and was tested for the virus. When his test returned a positive result, he immediately instructed his family members and anyone who has been in close contact with him to test themselves and monitor their health.

“For the time being, I have isolated myself. I am getting exercise, and can still work from a separate room in my home,” he wrote.

Sar Kheng said he would keep people posted on his condition, though he did not disclose where he may have contracted the virus.

According to the Ministry of Health's daily updates, as of May 11 Cambodia had recorded a total of 138,736 cases of Covid-19 infections, with 135,677 recoveries and 3,056 deaths.