Cambodia reports record daily number of COVID-19 deaths

Cambodia reports record daily number of COVID-19 deaths

FILE PHOTO: Cambodian army members vaccinate people in Phnom Penh
A Cambodian army member vaccinates a person inside a red zone with strict lockdown measures amid the latest outbreak of COVID-19 in Phnom Penh on May 1, 2021. (File photo: Reuters/Cindy Liu)

PHNOM PENH: Cambodia reported 32 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday (Jul 2), a record daily increase, as authorities warned of the risk of a new wave of infections driven by the Delta variant.

The country has recorded one of the world's smallest virus caseloads, but an outbreak first detected in late February has driven up total cases to 52,350, with 660 deaths.

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In a speech on Thursday, Prime Minister Hun Sen warned of the risk of another wave.

"There could be a third wave if no action is taken in time, because now there is a new outbreak caused by the Delta variant, and not just in Cambodia, but in the world," Hun Sen said.

Hun Sen said that patients with the variant, which was first detected in India, will be treated separately and be quarantined for 21 days after recovery.

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Source: Reuters/kg