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Cambodia Reports 31 New COVID-19 Cases; Coronavirus Tally Jumps to 84

Girls wear masks in the park in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 11th February, 2020. (Malis Tum/VOA Khmer)

Cambodia’s Ministry of Health reported 31 new cases of the novel coronavirus in Sihanoukville late Sunday night, with all the cases linked to a French tourist group in the coastal town.

The new cases were reported in a 36-member tour group, of which 31 have now tested positive for the virus. Twenty-nine French nationals tested positive on Sunday, with two other French men, from the same group, testing positive on Saturday.

Additionally, two Cambodians, who accompanied the group as tour guides, have also tested positive for the disease, according to a Ministry of Health statement released late Sunday night.

The 31 new cases take Cambodia’s tally to 84 COVID-19 cases, with a recent spike of 74 cases since Sunday, March 15.

As Cambodia has seen a significant increase in cases, both its neighbors – Vietnam and Thailand – have closed all land borders with the country. While Cambodia has ordered the closure of schools, cinemas and other gatherings, has yet to impose a lockdown across the country.