March 24, 2023

PM Alerts Compatriots to New COVID Variant XBB.1.5

Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen this morning alerted his compatriots to the danger of the new COVID variant XBB.1.5 – the most transmissible with the ’recombinant’ new strain of Omicron nicknamed “Kraken”.

Addressing to the groundbreaking ceremony for the reconstruction and upgrading of National Road No. 7 in Kampong Cham province, Samdech Techo Hun Sen reminded them to keep vigilant of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially of the highly contagious XBB.1.5 variant.

“We really don’t know how the COVID-19 virus will be developed to more new variants, therefore we have to apply the booster doses of COVID vaccine,” he said, reaffirming that there are currently about 7 million doses in stock and 20 more million doses will arrive in Cambodia soon.

According to a press release of the Ministry of Health released on Jan. 8, Cambodia registered 6 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total confirmed cases to 138,628, of which 135,547 have recovered and 3,056 others have died.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press