Cambodia will deploy around 2,000 officials across the country to monitor the return of Chinese nationals during the annual Chinese New Year celebrations this week, after a pneumonia outbreak in China’s Hubei province.
The new coronavirus strain has been at the center of a pneumonia outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which has recorded around 136 new cases just ahead of the major Chinese holiday. The virus strain is being likened to SARS, which killed at least 800 people during an outbreak in 2002 and 2003.
Health Ministry spokesperson Ly Sovann said that thermal scanners were being used at airports and the land border crossing at Poipet in Banteay Meanchey province, adding that the government was used to dealing with similar outbreaks of influenza in the region.
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