Prime Minister Hun Sen criticized Cambodians wanting to come back from Wuhan, China, where a pneumonia outbreak has been declared a global emergency, with the premier wanting Cambodian diplomats and students to stay in China to show solidarity with Asian powerhouse.
The World Health Organization reported on January 30, 2020, at least 7,800 confirmed cases of the virus globally, 7,726 of which were in China itself. The WHO also declared a global emergency Thursday evening because of the quick uptick in the spread of the virus and evidence of human-to-human transmission.
Cambodia has recorded one confirmed case so far, a Chinese national who arrived in the coastal town of Sihanoukville last week. The government has confirmed to local media that around 3,000 Chinese nationals have entered the country from Wuhan since the outbreak began in late December.