Three More Found With Covid-19 in Second Tests After Hungarian Visit

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Three more people have tested positive for Covid-19 as a result of a second round of testing today so far, the Health Ministry said — CPP lawmaker Sous Yara, Agriculture Ministry deputy secretary-general Sar Chetra and Hungary’s ambassador to Vietnam and Cambodia.

A National Assembly spokesperson earlier told VOD that Yara had met with visiting Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto at the parliamentary building for a meeting last Tuesday, and the pair had negotiated without wearing masks.

Szijjarto was found to have Covid-19 after leaving Cambodia.

The Health Ministry said in a statement late Monday that the three had been found to have Covid-19 following tests earlier in the day. The Hungarian ambassador is Ory Csaba, according to the embassy’s website.

Prime Minister Hun Sen said earlier on Monday that he, his wife and his staff tested negative on their second tests.

“The negative results are good for this second of four stages. I will continue to be quarantined and wait for the third test on November 14 and the fourth test on November 18,” Hun Sen wrote on his Facebook page.

He urged the more than 900 suspected direct and indirect contacts of Szijjarto to remain in quarantine.

“If you meet someone, you must take that person for a test and [have them] quarantine,” he said. “Please do not play with fire through carelessness. Please help put out the fire and do not sit and blow on the smoke.”

Hun Sen presided over a signing ceremony with Szijjarto last Tuesday. Neither wore masks at the ceremony. Szijjarto made a one-day visit to the country, skipping quarantine procedures for diplomats.

A bodyguard who worked directly with Szijjarto previously tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday, making four total confirmed cases in relation to the visit so far.

The Education Ministry said that the bodyguard had worked as a trainer at Olympic Stadium, and two athletes and five staff were tested and put in quarantine due to contact with him.

“The ministry is investigating to find people who have had contact with the eight: [bodyguard,] staff members and athletes,” it said in a statement issued Sunday.

Olympic Stadium has been temporarily closed, alongside schools in Phnom Penh and movie theaters across the country.

Cambodia has now had 300 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 12 of them currently active.

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