Ministry says peacekeeper with Covid-19 had no community interaction

A female Cambodian peacekeeper who returned from a United Nations mission to Mali in July tested positive for Covid-19 on August 8 but has not been in recent contact with anyone outside of her family in Takhmao City, according to the Health Ministry.

Health Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine gave an interview to television station BTVon August 10 refuting social media rumors sparked by comments from the chief of Sitbou Commune, where the woman lives, saying she had been in contact with members of her community outside her family.

Vandine said the woman had been tested for Covid-19 five times since returning from Mali with a group of 80 peacekeepers, eight of whom had previously tested positive, and that only her two brothers and parents have had contact with her since she returned to Takhmao. The peacekeepers had been in quarantine at a military base in Kampong Speu province for more than two weeks, and were not released until all 80 had tested negative, she said.

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