Updated: 35 New Covid-19 Cases, Over 20 Businesses, Schools Closed

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The N8 club in Phnom Penh on February 22, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)
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Updated 11:50 a.m. — The Health Ministry on Monday reported 35 new cases of Covid-19, including 31 cases connected to the “February 20th” cluster, bringing total active cases to 93, the highest the country has seen so far.

Authorities also said seven schools, including three in Kandal province, and more than 20 hotels, clubs and other businesses were closed.

As of Monday, the cases had expanded into Kandal province, with one new case reported in Takhmao city, according to the Health Ministry. The ministry also announced the closure of more than 20 hotels, clubs and other businesses around Phnom Penh.

The Education Ministry, meanwhile, announced the closure of seven schools: Hun Sen Phnom Penh Thmey High School, SIS International School’s Lucky Star branch, Kolab I Primary School and AIS International School Chak Angre branch in Phnom Penh; and Russei Chroy High School, Russey Chroi Primary School and Russei Srok High School in Kandal province.

The Tourism Ministry also announced the closure of all KTVs and nightclubs across the country.

In a speech on Saturday, Prime Minister Hun Sen said the cluster was linked to four Chinese women who left quarantine at the Sokha Hotel, with two of them later testing positive for Covid-19.

The outbreak was detected when people came for Covid-19 tests in order to travel overseas, Hun Sen said.

According to Health Ministry data tracked by VOD, on Monday Cambodia recorded the most new cases in a day and the highest total of active cases so far. The previous high was 90 active cases on March 28, 2020.

The ministry also added a correction on Monday, saying that a Chilean woman, 30, who was reported positive for Covid-19 on February 20 after applying for a health certificate one day before was actually Chinese.

The ministry also reported two new recoveries, bringing Cambodia’s total coronavirus cases to 568, with 475 recoveries.

Updated at 11:50 a.m. with map of flagged locations.

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