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A Covid-19 patient in the Phnom Penh Quarantine Center holds a bag of three medications in early March 2021. (Supplied)

Dismissed Drug, Poor Care? Concerns Raised After Covid-19 Center Death

Covid-19 patients in Cambodia have been treated with hydroxychloroquine, a health official said, even though medical researchers last year dismissed the drug as a treatment for Covid-19, and the WHO this week said it should not be used to prevent or treat coronavirus.

Authorities stand at attention outside a Phnom Penh quarantine center in February 2021. (Phnom Penh Police Facebook)

Covid-19 Positive Patient’s Death in Quarantine ‘Due to Drug Overdose’

A Chinese man with Covid-19 died in quarantine in Phnom Penh on Thursday, the Health Ministry said, but ruled his death “due to drug overdose” after an autopsy. In a Facebook post, the ministry further clarified that “there was no drug use” and the death was caused by serious withdrawal symptoms and not Covid-19.

The park in front of Phnom Penh's NagaWorld hotel and casino complex, decorated for Chinese New Year, on March 1, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

NagaWorld to ‘Volunteer’ to Close, Days After Covid-19 Cases

After NagaWorld workers began a work boycott over the weekend about employees being kept in the dark about Covid-19 cases at the casino, its owner NagaCorp announced it would act “responsibly and swiftly to volunteer to temporarily suspend its business.”

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.