Nearly 60 Contacts of Man With Covid-19 in Siem Reap Found Negative

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Angkor Wat complex in Siem Reap on June 5, 2020 (Matt Surrusco/VOD)

The Health Ministry on Thursday said 57 people who had some form of contact with a French man, who tested positive with coronavirus 13 days into his supposed self-quarantine, had tested negative, while one new imported case was also announced.

Ministry spokesperson Or Vandine said officials traced the 57 people who had direct or indirect contact with the 27-year-old man before he was reported as positive on Monday, and had earlier visited a bar and hotel pool in Siem Reap.

The traced contacts included the man’s friends, restaurant servers and those who spoke with or dined out with him, including at a swimming pool, she said in a message.

Laundry Bar and Navutu Dreams Resort and Wellness Retreat in Siem Reap City earlier spoke to VOD about the man’s visits to the venues.

“In summary, no one has been found positive with Covid-19, meaning that all the contacts we found are negative,” Vandine said.

Most of the about 100 passengers who traveled on the same flight with the French man, arriving in Phnom Penh on September 20 from France via Singapore, had been found and tested negative, the spokesperson added, without giving a specific figure.

A small number of the passengers who had not been located might have gone back to their country, she said.

Vandine did not immediately respond to a question about whether the 57 traced contacts would be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

The Health Ministry also reported one new case of Covid-19 on Thursday, an Indonesian man residing in Preah Sihanouk province who arrived in Phnom Penh on October 6 from Indonesia via Singapore. The 26-year-old man is receiving treatment at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital, the ministry said in a statement.

The 112 other passengers on his flight are being quarantined for 14 days at a high school and four hotels in Phnom Penh, while one person is isolated at the Singaporean Embassy, the ministry said.

Cambodia has reported 281 cases of Covid-19 since January, with 276 recoveries and five active cases.

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