Cambodia COVID cases plummet after PM orders reduced testing

Hun Sen tells officials there's no need to rapid test people without symptoms.

Cambodia’s official daily COVID-19 case numbers tumbled 76% in one day after Prime Minister Hun Sen told officials to stop administering rapid tests to people who don’t show symptoms.

The country’s Ministry of Health reported 232 cases on Friday, down from 978 the previous day. Friday’s numbers specified they were detected via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, suggesting that positive cases from rapid antigen tests were not counted.

Cambodia’s caseload had been steadily rising in recent weeks despite the country nearing its vaccination campaign targets.

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