Authorities Say Man Died During Quarantine Due to Heart Attack

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Goods trucks pass a quarantine center to cross the Thai border into Cambodia at Poipet. (Ananth Baliga/VOD)

Five days after returning from Thailand, a 53-year-old man died from a heart attack on Friday during his quarantine period, Banteay Meanchey provincial authorities said.

The man returned on January 17 and tested negative for Covid-19 the next day. The following day, he was sent to the hospital with high blood pressure and pain in his chest, a statement issued by the provincial administration on Friday says. The man failed to recover and died around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, it says.

The man had a history of smoking and drinking, and was overweight, it says. The statement emphasizes that the man did not die of Covid-19.

Deputy provincial governor Ly Sary said on Monday that the province — where the Poipet border checkpoint is located — currently had 3,300 people in quarantine at 15 locations, including schools, health centers and hotels.

Since an outbreak in Thailand last month, 25 people returning to Banteay Meanchey were found to have Covid-19, while 800 people had now finished their quarantine and returned home, Sary said.

The flood of returning migrant workers continued due to factories closing in Thailand, he said.

People in quarantine were kept in rooms of about 10 to 15 people in each, and authorities were maintaining suitable conditions, he said.

“We provide them with three meals a day, and we have health inspectors 24 hours,” Sary said.

Two others have died during Covid-19 quarantine this month, both due to head injuries. Cambodia has recorded no official deaths from Covid-19, though last year another man died from a drug overdose.

Thailand has recorded thousands of Covid-19 cases since the outbreak found at a shrimp market in Samut Sakhon province, including 187 new cases reported on Monday.

Cambodia has had a total of 458 cases of Covid-19 and 409 recoveries as of Monday.

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