Coronavirus: Few Cases and No Deaths Seeds Optimism in Cambodia

  • So far, Cambodia has identified 110 Coronavirus-infected persons.
  • Cambodia has been able to prevent both foreign and domestic outbreaks.
  • The region is worried that the return from Thailand of more than 50,000 workers could lead to a return of coronavirus.

Over the last few days, the Cambodian Ministry of Health has reported a significant number of recoveries from the COVID-19 disease. On Thursday, the Ministry announced that nine patients had recovered from the disease while 19 had been diagnosed. The number of new cases in some days not available.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV ARD), and novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). It was first detected during the 2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.

Only a few new cases have been identified. On Wednesday, the Ministry announced that no new cases had been identified, but two had been recovered. In the week since March 27, Cambodia has found only seven new COVID-19 patients, according to a graphic produced by the Ministry of Health. So far, Cambodia has identified 110 Coronavirus-infected persons. The number of those who recovered was 34, and 76 patients are still receiving treatment.

Given this figure, the number of people who recovered is about one-third of the total. The number of new cases reported daily is small, with the exception of up to 33 cases in Sihanoukville. This shows that Cambodia has so far managed to take control of the COVID-19 infections well, and may be the key to success.

By looking at this trend, if patients continue to recover in large numbers, with few or no new patients found, then Cambodia is in a good way. However, Cambodia should not forget or loosen its hand in the fight against the virus. They should keep in mind the sheer enormity of the human-to-human transmission, and the current butcher’s bill: over one million infected, and over 51,000 killed so far.

Cambodia has been able to prevent both foreign and domestic outbreaks. It is likely that the outbreak of new cases from abroad or from foreigners will not be of great concern, as Cambodia has banned foreigners from entering Cambodia. However, foreigners are already in the country and the risk remains.

Coronaviruses are species of virus belonging to the subfamily Coronavirinae in the family Coronaviridae, in the order Nidovirales. There are seven known strains of human coronaviruses, including COVID-19.

At the same time, all countries also took steps to prevent foreign travelers and to ban their citizens from traveling. Over time, Cambodia has also found no new Coronavirus cases. Therefore, Cambodia tries to use its hand in curbing the import of new Coronavirus cases from overseas, through restrictions on border controls, by air, land, and water, and takes all measures to prevent internal virus transmission.

When it comes to preventing internal outbreaks, it will require stronger rules, policies, and measures to prevent. All Cambodians must increase their participation and be responsible for the prevention and control of the infection. This battle does not require mere troops or thousands or tens of thousands of doctors. It was a battle that required all 16 million people to fight with unarmed enemies.

The region is worried that the return from Thailand of more than 50,000 workers could lead to a return of coronavirus. The government also called on the returned workers to stay separate for 14 days from their family, to stay away from family members, and to avoid eating together. This is a measure each one is needed to take for the well-being of all family members.

At the same time, as Cambodia moves towards the Khmer New Year, traveling back to the homes of workers, factory workers and people are not avoidable. Therefore, human outflow would be more common and could be a risk for the spread of coronavirus infections.

People worldwide are advised to reduce or not travel if it is not necessary to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus infection. The more people travel, the greater the risk of infection and infection with coronavirus. This is something that the people of Cambodia need to be more careful about.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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