Corona Chronicles: Voices from the Field: Cambodia





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COVID-19 in Cambodia: A Double-edged Sword and its Triple Effects on Democracy

In late 2019, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) broke out in Wuhan, China. The first case of COVID-19 was found in Sihanoukville in Cambodia on 27 January 2020, through a 60-year-old Chinese national who arrived from Wuhan, China on in 23 January, 2020 with his three other family members. Between January and April 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases rose from one case in Sihanouville to 122 cases across Cambodia, ranking Cambodia no.9 among 12 countries in Southeast Asia.

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Cambodia: An Optimistic Country Amidst a Global Pandemic

Cambodia’s first confirmed case of Covid-19 was about a month later than the first confirmed case in Wuhan, China. The first case was from a Chinese man who came to visit Cambodia on 27 January and the second case was on 7 March 2020. As of 28 April 2020, there were 122 confirmed cases (with 119 recovered) within 13 out of 25 provinces and capital, with three major hotspots including Sihanoukville with 40 patients, Phnom Penh 28, and Kampong Cham 16.

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