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Authorities on duty at Phnom Penh’s Chak Angre Health Center, where Covid-19 patients are treated, pose for a photo in February 2021 while receiving handheld metal detectors and electric-stun batons. (Phnom Penh Police Facebook)

Electric-Stun Batons Distributed to Police at Quarantine Centers

Police manning Covid-19 quarantine centers have been equipped with face masks, metal detectors and electric-stun batons, while security along the country’s borders has also been tightened to prevent illegal entries that circumvent quarantine, officials said.

A woman wearing a mask near the Phnom Penh riverside, with the Sokha Hotel, now a Covid-19 quarantine site, seen across the river, on February 23, 2021. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

With 44 More Covid-19 Cases, More Than 250 Recorded in a Week

The Health Ministry announced 44 more Covid-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total to more than 250 in a week, while authorities suspended all organized sports and gatherings for exercise and Taiwan put Cambodia on its “medium-risk” list, slightly raising travel restrictions.

People wait in line for Covid-19 testing after a new cluster emerged at Phnom Penh's Chak Angre Health Center on February 22, 2021. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

65 New Covid-19 Cases Announced Amid Cluster’s Spread

Sixty-five more cases of Covid-19 were announced Thursday morning, including 58 directly linked to the “community spread” of the February 20 cluster, and six other Chinese nationals who tested positive in Sihanoukville while looking to travel home.

Health Ministry spokesperson Or Vandine points at a coronavirus image at a press conference at the ministry on February 23, 2021. (VOD)

Buildings Locked Down as ‘February 20’ Cluster Expands

More than 20 further locations have been announced as linked to the new Covid-19 outbreak in the capital, with guards and management locking down buildings across Phnom Penh as the number of active coronavirus cases climbed to 118 as of Tuesday morning.