Over 14 tonnes of rice delivered to Vietnamese-Cambodians under quarantine
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|Transporting rice for Vietnamese in Cambodia, Photo: VNA|
On March 14 and 15, the delegates visited Cambodians of Vietnamese origin living in lockdown areas in Kandal and Prey Veng provinces, where over 150 COVID-19 cases have been found, including 10 Vietnamese-Cambodians, VNA reported.
Over 14 tonnes of rice, 530 boxes of instant noodles, and 50 boxes of canned fish have been delivered to support 230 households in Prek Tamlop commune in Kandal and 100 households in Prek Sai Kho commune in Prey Veng.
They also presented medical supplies to local authorities at a working session with officials and forces involved in pandemic control work at Prek Tamlop commune, including 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.
|People wearing face mask to prevent COVID-19 spreading in Phnom Penh. Photo: AFP/VNA|
The Cambodian Ministry of Health on March 16 reported an additional 105 COVID-19 cases linked to the "February 20 community incident", bringing the total to 915 in less than a month.
The latest cases are Cambodians, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thais and Malaysians. They were recorded in Kandal, Koh Kong, Preah Sihanouk and Prey Veng provinces and Phhom Penh capital city, according to the Phnom Penh Post.
The ministry also reported the recovery of 88 COVID-19 patients. As of March 16, Cambodia had recorded a total of 1,430 COVID-19 cases, with 609 remaining hospitalised and one death.
The Khmer Times on March 16 said the country’s health ministry has appealed for public donations to purchase more vaccines to inoculate the targeted 80 percent of the population.
Prime Minister Hun Sen said in December last year that his target was to inoculate at least 80 percent of the population or nearly 13 million people.
At the end of last year, the Cambodian government announced that it has managed to raise some USD 55 million so far to buy vaccines./.
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