Two Covid-19 Positive Patients Missing for Three Days: Health Ministry

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People walk near Independence Monument in Phnom Penh on March 26, 2020. (Matt Surrusco/VOD)

Authorities have been unable to locate two people who tested positive for Covid-19 for three days since their results came back, Health Ministry spokesperson Or Vandine said on Friday.

The country is currently facing its largest outbreak of coronavirus, with 265 active cases reported by authorities, including 44 new cases announced on Friday.

The cluster emerged after four Chinese women left quarantine at Phnom Penh’s Sokha Hotel, authorities have said, with two of them later testing positive.

Vandine said Friday afternoon that authorities were currently looking for two Covid-19 patients who could not be located since they tested positive.

One was a Chinese man and the other a Vietnamese woman, she said.

“They put their address in Phnom Penh, but their address could not be found. We don’t know where they’ve gone. Authorities are searching for them,” Vandine said.

“It’s been about three days since they were found to have it,” she said.

The ministry had dealt with 13 other similar cases this week, but the individuals had already been located, Vandine added.

Locally-transmitted Covid-19 cases have also been found in the provinces of Kandal and Preah Sihanouk, with dozens of buildings shuttered and schools temporarily closed in Phnom Penh and the two provinces.

Authorities have also shut down sport gatherings, fitness centers, museums, theaters and nightclubs.

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