Cambodia’s Omicron cases quadruple within a week

Prime Minister Hun Sen says nation ‘on alert' and calls for social distancing.

Authorities have placed Cambodia on alert and urged people to implement health measures and social distancing rules after the official number of Covid-19 cases more than quadrupled over the past week.

The health ministry said nearly all cases were the Omicron variant of the pandemic with more than 200 cases reported over the last 24 hours.

Cambodia had recorded less than 50 Covid-19 cases per day in recent months, however, observers say that number is probably much higher given the government stopped rapid testing for the disease at the end of September when caseloads were closer to 900 a day.

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