All 79 Cambodians back from mosque event in Malaysia already tested for COVID-19

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PHNOM PENH, March 21 (Xinhua) -- A senior Cambodian official said on Saturday that all 79 Cambodians, who had returned home from a mass religious ceremony in Malaysia, had already been tested for the COVID-19.

Citing a health ministry statement released late on Friday, Othsman Hassan, a senior minister in charge of the Islamic affairs, said 25 of them had been tested positive for the virus.

"They were infected the virus when they attended the Islamic religious ceremony at Sri Petaling mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (from Feb. 27 to March 1)," he said in a press conference here.

Hassan said nearly 300 people, who are the patients' family members and close friends, had also been tested, and the health ministry statement indicated that three of them were positive for the virus.

Cambodia has so far recorded a total of 51 confirmed cases of the COVID-19. Among them are a Chinese national, three British nationals, 12 Malaysians, two French nationals, a Canadian man, a Belgian man, and 31 Cambodians.

The Chinese patient had recovered and returned home, as the rest have been quarantined at designated hospitals for treatment. Enditem

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