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COVID-19 outbreak hits Chinese community in Cambodia

COVID-19 outbreak hits Chinese community in Cambodia


An outbreak of coronavirus has hit the Chinese expat community in Cambodia,
the country's Premier Hun Sen said on Saturday (Feb 20), a setback in the nation's
otherwise successful containment efforts.


The kingdom has so far fared well in tackling the virus and life in the capital Phnom
Penh has largely returned to normal.


But a group of Chinese nationals who underwent testing to obtain medical
certificates for overseas travel recorded positive results on Saturday, sparking fears
of a wider outbreak in the community.


"We have discovered a big community infection with 32 cases ... this is a bad
situation for us," Hun Sen said during a speech broadcast on state-run TV.


"Those found positive today are all Chinese."


The increasing presence of Chinese businesses across the kingdom has heightened

anti-Chinese sentiment among some Cambodians, and Hun Sen urged people
not to discriminate against Chinese nationals because of the latest outbreak.


The strongman prime minister, one of the world's longest serving leaders,
is a staunch ally of Beijing, and Cambodia receives billions of dollars in soft loans
and investment from China.


Early in the pandemic many countries closed their borders to China, where
the virus was first detected, but Hun Sen refused to follow suit and even travelled
to Beijing to meet with leader Xi Jinping last February in a show of solidarity.


"Because it happened to Chinese nationals, please don't discriminate against
the Chinese," Hun Sen said in his speech on Saturday.


He urged residents to wear masks and practise social distancing.



The infections were sourced to a nightclub, now closed, and authorities are contact
tracing to track down any other cases, the prime minister said.


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