Cambodia quarantines officials after 1st community COVID outbreak

Authorities launch testing blitz; close shops, schools and venues.

Cambodia is racing to contain its first recorded community transmissions of COVID-19 from a cluster linked to the country’s prison chief.

The outbreak, which threatens to derail Cambodia’s coronavirus success story, emerged on Saturday when director of the country’s prisons Chhem Savuth, his wife and four family members tested positive for the new coronavirus.

As of Tuesday morning, health authorities have identified 17 infections linked to the cluster in Phnom Penh and tested more than 4,000 people across the country.

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