So far, 141 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Cambodia. Roughly a quarter of these originated from a group of tourists who were travelling through the country in March when almost all of them got infected. When the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Cambodia in March, the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) team had to quickly halt their regular hepatitis C activities to prevent patients from being infected with the virus during visits to the clinic.
MSF was asked by Cambodia’s Communicable Disease Control to contribute to the tracing of contacts of patients testing positive for COVID-19.
“The contact tracing, which the team helped to carry out, seems to have been effective in aggressively breaking transmission chains and limiting the spread of the disease,” says Mickaël le Paih, head of mission in Cambodia.