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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.

National Assembly President Heng Samrin, center, raises his hand at the National Assembly on March 5, 2021, in this photograph posted to his Facebook page.

Hotel Guards Out of Quarantine as ‘Draconian’ Covid-19 Law Advances

A Covid-19 law with penalties up to 20 years in jail for intentionally spreading the disease was passed by the National Assembly on Friday and heads to the Senate, as two hotel security guards accused of allowing people to leave quarantine finished their own two-week isolation and were detained by National Police.

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.