COVID variant pushes Cambodia to brink of ‘national tragedy’

The Southeast Asian nation is battling a surge in COVID variant cases traced back to a quarantine breach.

Cambodia is in the grip of its worst outbreak of the coronavirus since the pandemic began more than a year ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, warning that the Southeast Asian nation is on the verge of a “national tragedy”.

In less than a week, Cambodia has recorded more than 1,000 cases of the virus. As of Wednesday, 35 people had died.

That compares with less than 500 cases in the first year of the pandemic and no COVID-19-related deaths reported at all.

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