Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen attends an ASEAN leaders summit in Bangkok, Thailand November 3, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
PHNOM PENH, April 6 (Reuters) – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered health officials on Tuesday to prepare to treat coronavirus patients at home, as the country’s biggest COVID-19 outbreak so far tests the capacity of its fragile healthcare system.
Cambodia had one of the world’s smallest coronavirus caseloads until six weeks ago, but an outbreak in late February has led to its first 22 COVID-19 deaths and a five-fold jump in cases to 2,824.
A total of 1,003 patients are currently being treated in hospital that are near capacity, Hun Sen said in an audio message shared widely on Tuesday and reported by local media.
“We can’t accept all patients in case that cases increase further,” Hun Sen said.
“We have fewer people recovered and many people being admitted for treatment and even if we set up a few more hospitals, it is not enough,” he said.
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