99 New Cases of Covid-19 Found Across Six Provinces, Phnom Penh

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Delivery drivers park in front of DI Riviera condo on Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich island after it was locked down for Covid-19 on February 25, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

The Health Ministry on Saturday reported 99 new cases of Covid-19 across the capital and six provinces, adding that four people died from the virus on Friday. 

The most cases were found in Svay Rieng province (44 cases), with others in Phnom Penh (33), Koh Kong (8), Kandal (5), Tbong Khmum (4), Preah Sihanouk (4) and Takeo (1). 

There were also 329 recoveries in Phnom Penh, Kandal and Kampong Thom provinces. Cambodia currently has 1,036 active cases, with 24 Covid-19 patients dying since the February 20 outbreak began. 

Among the four people who died on Friday, two had died before their positive tests for Covid-19 returned, the ministry said. A total of 19 people have died due to the virus, while another five people tested positive for Covid-19 but died from other causes, according to the ministry.

A Cambodian man, 29, reported to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital on Thursday because he was not feeling well, and died at 4 p.m. the same day. The ministry reported that he later tested positive, and that he had died due to lung damage from the virus. 

A Korean man, 48, who is living in Phnom Penh’s Boeng Keng Kang I commune, also died of lung damage due to Covid-19 on Thursday, one day after testing positive for the virus. 

A Cambodian woman, 61, died one day after testing positive on Wednesday. She was from Chbar Ampov district’s Niroth commune, the ministry said. 

The fourth patient who died — a Cambodian woman, 56 — was quarantining since March 22 at her home in Daun Penh district’s Srah Chak commune, but she died due to heart failure on Thursday. Her Covid-19 test returned positive the same day. 

On the second day of a citywide curfew, Phnom Penh Municipal Police spokesperson San Sokseyha said authorities began confiscating vehicles on Friday after allowing one day to educate drivers. After Friday night, the city is holding 65 motorbikes and eight cars from violators of the 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. travel restriction, Sokseyha said. 

“We have seen a majority of people welcome it and participate to cooperate in the implementation of the curfew that lasts 14 days,” he said.

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