Cambodia Rejects the News Report on Vietnamese Man Infected with COVID-19 After Leaving Cambodia

The Ministry of Health of Cambodia yesterday evening issued a statement denying the news report published by Vietnam News on May 16, 2020 on the detection of COVID-19 on a Vietnamese national after leaving Cambodia.

Cambodian concerned authorities have conducted an immediate investigation into the case, and as a result there is no such Vietnamese name in Siem Reap province as reported in the Vietnam News.

“The report saying that that Vietnamese national living in Siem Reap province was tested positive for COVID-19 is also false,” underlined the Ministry of Health’s statement.  

Moreover, it added, the ministry’s working group had not received any official news on the case through the ASEAN Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) Network. “Therefore, the Vietnamese national has been infected in Vietnam, not in Cambodia as reported,” it stressed.

The Cambodian Ministry of Health also appealed to the Vietnamese side to respect the technical norms and international health regulation principles on transmitted diseases before making any conclusion or broadcasting any news, which seriously affects Cambodia’s efforts, particularly in this critical time of combating COVID-19, for both countries’ mutual interests.

The ministry reaffirmed its stance of good cooperation with transparency and continue to stay alert as well as to keep the public informed of new developments related to COVID-19.

As of this morning, Cambodia has found no new confirmed case of COVID-19 for 37 days in a row. The Kingdom has so far reported in total 122 cases and all of them have been cured successfully.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press