Cambodia this afternoon registered the second death case due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The victim is a 62-year-old Cambodian woman living in Sangkat Snor, Khan Kambol, Phnom Penh, pointed out the Ministry of Health in a press release, adding that she passed away this morning at 11:45 at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital.
According to the source, she was found positive for the deadly virus on Mar. 10 and was admitted to the National Centre for Combatting Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control and then transferred to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital on Mar. 17. She was reported to also suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.
The victim is the wife of former well-known singer Hour Lavy being quarantined at his house, and the mother of singer Miss Vy Dyneth, being hospitalised due to COVID-19.
The first death case – a 50-year-old Cambodian man in Phnom Penh – was announced on Mar. 11. He was the driver of an infected Chinese national in Preah Sihanouk province.
Recently, Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen decided to allow both cremation and burial of COVID-19 deaths according to the victims’ tradition and custom.
The Premier therefore advised the provincial and municipal authorities to prepare both crematorium and land for cremation and burial, respectively, by strictly following the health safety rules.
Samdech Techo Hun Sen also explained that the preparation is not to curse people’s bad luck, but in contrast to respect them and to show responsibility for the people’s well-being as well as before the dead.
Threat of COVID-19 is recurring in Cambodia following the outbreak of community transmission called Feb. 20 Community Event.
Cambodia’s tally increased to 1,578 with the detection of 37 new cases of COVID-19 this morning. Of them, 917 have successfully recovered.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press