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March 25, 2020

Preah Sihanouk moves to identify potential patients

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The Health Ministry and Preah Sihanouk province officials are searching to identify people who may have come across 31 French nationals who tested positive COVID-19

According to AFP, the 31 French nationals were part of a group of 36 who arrived in Siem Reap province on March 11.

AFP said the group?s travel itinerary included stopovers in Battambang province, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville.

The Health Ministry on Sunday reported two Cambodian tour guides with the group tested positive for COVID-19. They are now under quarantine at a hotel in Sihanoukville.

Sechou Sethychot, deputy director of the Preah Sihanouk provincial health department, yesterday said more people from the province were placed under quarantine after coming in contact with the patients.

?We sent specimens from four people to the Pasteur Institute today and we are waiting for the results for all people placed under quarantine,? he said.

Dr Sethychot, who is also head of the Health Ministry?s rapid response team in Preah Sihanouk, said officials are looking to identify more potential patients.

As of yesterday, specimens from about 100 people in the province were sent to Phnom Penh after they came in contact with the patients.

Or Vandine, spokeswoman for the Health Ministry, yesterday said the authorities are aware of the 31and will take immediate measures to prevent further infection.

?Our working group is searching for those who [came in contact with patients],? Ms Vandine said. ?We have already informed the Preah Sihanouk provincial health department to find them.?

She noted she has not received reports of new infections from people who came in contact with the 31 in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, only Sihanoukville.

Ms Vandine said the specimens from about 2,000 people were sent to the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh for testing for the virus.

Provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun yesterday said the authorities reserved two hotels with more than 100 rooms in total as places to treat COVID-19 patients.

Mr Chamroeun said migrants who recently returned from overseas must self-isolate for 14 days.

In other news, two Cambodians who received treatment for COVID-19 in Tboung Khmum province were discharged from hospital after they had fully recovered, according to the provincial administration.

?Specimens from four people were brought to the Pasteur Institute and two of tested negative,? Provincial Hall said in a statement. ?Doctors allowed [the two] to return home.?

As of yesterday, 91 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the Kingdom after four people tested positive in Kampong Cham province.

Edited: 9:17 am, March 25, 2020