17 More Covid-19 Cases Announced, 15 Linked to ‘February 20’ Cluster

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Roadblocks at the northernmost bridge to Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich island were partially open as of February 21, 2021, after a new Covid-19 cluster was connected to the area the day before. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

The Health Ministry on Sunday announced 17 new cases of Covid-19 as well as three recoveries, with 15 of the new cases part of the “February 20” cluster linked to a Phnom Penh nightclub and four Chinese women who left quarantine.

The country now has 60 active cases, with 49 of them announced over the weekend since the emergence of the local cluster.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Saturday that the cluster was linked to the “N8” club and four women who had left quarantine at the Sokha Hotel. Two of them have tested positive for Covid-19.

He said at the time that two apartment buildings and all nightclubs linked to the cluster would be closed off.

Authorities barricaded bridges to Koh Pich on Saturday, but the northernmost bridge was open again on Sunday.

Of Sunday’s 17 cases, 15 were linked to the cluster, and included 12 women between the ages of 26 and 41, and three men aged 25, 37 and 37. Fourteen of the patients are Chinese and one Vietnamese.

In its statement, the ministry urged people not to discriminate based on ethnicity or because they live around outbreak areas.

“Instead, people must help each other in order to end this situation, so that it will not become worse than this,” it said.

A Czech woman who lives at the embassy and arrived to Cambodia on February 7, and a Cambodian man from Kampot province who returned from Thailand on February 18, also tested positive, the ministry said.

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