15 New Covid-19 Cases Found, New Vaccine on the Way

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The road is barricaded in front of the Bridge high-rise building in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmorn district after a cluster of Covid-19 cases was announced on February 20, 2021. (Pete Ford)

The Health Ministry on Monday reported 15 new cases of Covid-19, a small drop in the number of daily cases reported since the February 20 cluster was first reported.

All but one of the cases reported Monday were connected to the latest cluster, with five cases found in Sihanoukville and nine cases in Phnom Penh. There were no new recoveries.

Over the weekend, the ministry found a total 65 cases, with 26 reported on Saturday and 39 on Sunday. Two cases in Phnom Penh had failed to report for treatment last week, but the ministry said they were found and placed in health centers as of Sunday.

In a separate notice on Sunday, the Health Ministry and World Health Organization said that 324,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, COVISHIELD, would arrive on Tuesday evening.

The vaccine is licensed to the Serum Institute of India and delivered via a global funding program supported by WHO. The ministry also announced that garbage collectors can volunteer to receive the vaccine.

On Sunday, the Council of Ministers also announced it had met to draft a new law to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and infectious diseases. The draft law has 18 articles with measures to protect public health and public order, and has been sent to the legislature, the announcement said.

Cambodia currently has over 300 active cases of Covid-19, and has administered over 68,000 vaccine doses out of its target of getting 10 million people vaccinated.

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