Four more Cambodian peacekeepers get Covid-19 in Mali

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A total of 10 Cambodian Blue Helmet soldiers in Mali have contracted Covid-19. Supplied

Four more Cambodian Blue Helmet peacekeepers in Mali have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, bringing the number of infected Cambodian UN peacekeepers to 10.

National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces and Explosive Remnants of War deputy director-general and spokeswoman Kosal Malinda told The Post on Tuesday that the news broke on Saturday, the same day it was announced that another Cambodian Blue Helmet soldier had died of Covid-19 in Mali.

All the troops infected by Covid-19 are stationed in Mali. One has died, two have recovered and seven are being treated.

“The seven are still healthy but they are in quarantine and they are being treated by UN doctors,” she said.

UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres said Friday that 130 peacekeeping forces have been infected by Covid-19.

The UN, he said, now has 950,000 peacekeepers serving 13 missions around the world.

Cambodia has 780 Blue Helmet troops separated into five main divisions, according to the Ministry of Defence. They are serving in six countries – Lebanon, Sudan, South Sudan, Mali, the Central African Republic and Yemen.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported 150,000 Covid-19 cases in Africa as of Tuesday.