– Cambodia’s COVID-19 total caseload surged to 60,959 yesterday, after 981 new infections were reported across the country in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a statement.

A total of 21 new fatalities had been confirmed, taking the national death toll to 902, the ministry said, adding that, another 815 patients had recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 52,475.

MoH’s secretary of state and spokeswoman, Or Vandine, warned of a large scale community transmission, if people relaxed preventive measures.

“We worry about passing the red line, if people are still relaxing preventive measures,” she said on social media. “We must act responsibly together now, to reverse the situation. A large scale community transmission is in front of us.”

World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative to Cambodia, Li Ailan, said, relaxing public health and social measures too quickly, and lifting them too early, would result in a surge in COVID-19 infections.

“Cambodia’s achievements in vaccination are significant, but relaxing other COVID-19 measures too soon means, ‘losing some of the gains’ that the vaccines have made.”

Cambodia launched a COVID-19 inoculation drive on Feb 10, with China being the key vaccine supplier. To date, 4.84 million people, or 48.4 percent of the 10 million targeted adult population, have been vaccinated, according to the MoH.

“I’m very pleased to see the speed in COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Cambodia. Looking forward to another important milestone soon, of ‘five million people’ having received the first dose of the vaccine,” Li said

Source: NAM News Network

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