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Health Ministry: COVID-19 Tally Rises To 35; More Than 1,000 Tests Conducted

FILE: Or Vandine, Ministry of Health spokesman speaks in a news conference about Covid-19 on February 5th, 2020 at the Ministry of Health in Cambodia.(Malis Tum/VOA Khmer)

The Cambodian Health Ministry confirmed Wednesday morning a total of 35 coronavirus cases in the country, the tally almost tripling in the last 48 hours.

This morning, Health Ministry spokesperson Or Vandine said there were two news cases, both Malaysian nationals. With this, the tally of positive cases increased from 12 cases Sunday evening to 35 as of Wednesday morning.

“Those people's health is fine. There is no noticeable worry,” said Or Vandine.

Late Tuesday evening, the ministry had reported nine cases of the respiratory disease, of which six were Cambodians who had returned from a religious conference in Malaysia earlier this month. The three others who tested positive were Malaysia nationals.

Or Vandine added that Cambodia had so far tested 1,112 and the ministry was working to expand its testing capabilities.

On Tuesday, the government issued a flurry of instructions ordering the closure of karaoke bars, movie halls, public concerts and religious events. The Ministry of Education had ordered the shutting of all educational institutions on Monday, with the ministry also asking its officials to restrict meetings to maximum 15 people.