Cambodian PM isolating after Covid outbreak linked to Hungarian minister

Schools, bars and cinemas in Phnom Penh locked down as cases reported after trade trip.

Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen, has gone into quarantine and the country has locked down schools, bars and cinemas in the capital, Phnom Penh, and a surrounding province, after an outbreak of coronavirus cases linked to a visit by the Hungarian foreign minister, Péter Szijjártó.

Szijjártó made a short visit to Cambodia on 3 November as part of a planned trade tour to the region, then tested positive for Covid-19 when he arrived in Thailand later the same day. All his meetings were cancelled and he flew home the next day on a private plane.

Since then, the trip has been linked to at least four cases of coronavirus in Cambodia, where at least 1,000 people connected with the visit have been tested, including Hun Sen and his wife. Four cabinet ministers were also quarantined after meeting Szijjártó.

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