UK virus strain identified in Cambodia

Cambodian health authorities say the UK mutant strain has been found in an outbreak of cases.
Cambodian health authorities say the UK mutant strain has been found in an outbreak of cases.

Cambodia, facing its worst Covid-19 outbreak since the pandemic began, has identified the more infectious strain first discovered in Britain among new cases linked to the cluster.

The Ministry of Health said in a statement on Tuesday that three people tested positive for the British mutation.

The cases are connected to an outbreak first detected on Saturday and largely among Chinese nationals living in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh.

As of Tuesday morning, 99 infections were linked to the outbreak - a major portion of Cambodia's total of 593 recorded cases.

Cambodian authorities have brought in a raft of measures in a bid to curb the spread. Some two dozen hotspots around the city have been locked down. Schools and several types of businesses have been ordered to close temporarily.

State media outlet Agence Kampuchea Presse reported on Tuesday that people who fail to comply with Ministry of Health measures would face legal action. Foreigners will face possible deportation and could be banned from re-entry.

Australian Associated Press