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First Cambodian tests positive for coronavirus

by Reuters
Saturday, 7 March 2020 11:49 GMT

PHNOM PENH, March 7 (Reuters) - The first Cambodian has tested positive for the new coronavirus, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

The 38-year-old man was one of four people tested because he had direct contact with a Japanese visitor who later tested positive for the virus, Health Ministry spokesman Or Vandin told a news conference.

The Japanese man had left Cambodia from Siem Reap, close to the ancient Angkor Wat temple, one of the region's top tourist attractions.

Cambodia had earlier reported a virus infection in a Chinese man. He recovered and went home. (Reporting by Phnom Penh newsroom; Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Editing by Alison Williams)

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