40 Covid-19 Cases Announced on Wednesday, Pushing Active Cases to 157

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Phnom Penh’s Chak Angre Health Center on February 22, 2021. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

The Health Ministry on Wednesday reported 40 new cases of Covid-19, a new high for Cambodia.

Some 38 cases were reported among Phnom Penh and Kandal province residents in connection to the “February 20” cluster. As of Wednesday morning, the ministry said it was still in the process of contacting 15 people in that group whose results came back overnight, around 3 a.m. Wednesday.

Another two Chinese nationals had come from Preah Sihanouk province to get a travel health certificate in Phnom Penh and are being treated in Preah Sihanouk province after testing positive, the ministry said.

According to a report from the Preah Sihanouk provincial administration, the two women had also visited the N8 nightclub, identified by authorities as one of the centers of the outbreak, during their visit to Phnom Penh.

The ministry also reported one recovery, bringing total cases to 633 and total recoveries to 476.

The cluster, which emerged over the weekend, has led to more than 40 buildings in Phnom Penh as well as schools in the capital and Kandal, and museums, theaters and nightclubs across the country, being temporarily closed.

The Health Ministry has reiterated that two Covid-19 patients who on Tuesday could not be found or had refused hospitalization were now at the Chak Angre Health Center.

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