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Health Minister Mam Bunheng inspects a new medical facility in Tbong Khmum province on November 23. (Ministry of Health)

Omicron Spreads, Impact Unclear as WHO Advises Caution in Cambodia

Omicron, which was first detected in southern Africa earlier this month, has shown signs of quickly spreading through populations. The WHO was notified of the variant on Wednesday based on a sample collected in South Africa on November 9.

WHO's Cambodia representative Li Ailan in 2020. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

Cambodia ‘on the Brink of a National Tragedy’: WHO

Covid-19 has been spreading through Phnom Penh restaurants, markets, small businesses, private gatherings and parties, and Cambodia stands “on the brink of a national tragedy” unless the outbreak is stopped, the World Health Organization said in a statement issued Saturday.

Guards spray alcohol sanitizer near motorbike parking at Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh, which was a temporary Covid-19 testing center on December 8, 2020. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

‘There Will Be More of These Surges,’ WHO Warns Region

Increasing travel by people in their 20s, 30s and 40s, the emergence of new Covid-19 variants, and a global vaccine shortage are among factors that are prolonging the pandemic and will lead to further coronavirus outbreaks in the region, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.