82 Vietnamese in Cambodia infected with COVID-19

As many as 82 Vietnamese people in Cambodia have been infected with COVID-19 so far, including nine cases detected on March 18.
March 19, 2021 | 07:22
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Transporting rice for Vietnamese in Cambodia. Photo: VNA

As many as 82 Vietnamese people in Cambodia have been infected with COVID-19 so far, including nine cases detected on March 18.

Among the nine patients, eight are found at the hotspot in Koh Thom district, Kandal province that borders Vietnam’s An Giang province.

Cambodia on the day confirmed 36 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections to 1,541, said a Ministry of Health (MoH) statement.

The new infections included 35 locally transmitted cases in southern Kandal province and capital Phnom Penh, and one imported case, the statement said.

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Cabodians provide information for medical workers before getting COVID-19 testing. Photo: Khmer Times

Colonel Bui Trung Dung, Deputy Commander of the Border Guard Command of An Giang province, told Tuoi Tre newspaper that the Vietnamese patients came to Cambodia from different Vietnamese cities and province, and got stuck in the host country due to the pandemic.

Earlier, a working delegation of the Vietnamese Embassy and the Khmer-Vietnam Association in Cambodia handed over necessities such as food, disinfectants and face masks to Cambodians of Vietnamese origin living in lockdown areas in Kandal and Prey Veng provinces.

The delegation also presented medical supplies to local authorities at a working session with officials and forces involved in pandemic control work at Prek Tamlop commune. The medical supplies included 5,000 masks, 50 bottles of hand sanitiser, and 100 protective suits.

The authorities pledged to continue working closely with the Khmer-Vietnam Association’s local branch to offer timely support to the community of Vietnamese-Cambodians.

Many philanthropists, businesses, and Vietnamese representative agencies in Cambodia have also donated food and medical supplies in recent times to disadvantaged Cambodians of Vietnamese origin in lockdown areas in the country./.

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