Rapid tests for Covid deployed in Pursat province

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Pursat provincial governor Mao Thonin (second left) on May 12 received 1,000 rapid Covid-19 testing kits from the representative of Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem.

Pursat provincial governor Mao Thonin on May 12 received 1,000 rapid Covid-19 testing kits from the representative of Minister of Mines and Energy Suy Sem.

Pursat provincial hall spokesman Nget Seila told The Post on May 12 that the rapid test kits had already been handed over to the provincial health department to test Covid-19 samples.

"In case we find any suspicious cases, we’ll use the rapid test," he said.

On May 11, the provincial health department announced the discovery of seven Covid-19 cases, six of which were imported from Phnom Penh and one from Thailand.

As of May 11, Pursat had recorded a total of 38 Covid-19 cases, with 34 remaining hospitalised.

On May 11, the provincial authorities also decided to temporarily close five locations to prevent the spread of Covid-19 after people there were determined to have been in contact with Covid-19 positive residents of Banteay Meanchey province who came to Pursat on May 2.

The five locations are Kunthea clinic, Vattanac Pursat clinic, Muth Sarun Maternity Hospital, Huot Chantha Hospital and Prak Bory Naza Shop.

Provincial authorities have called on people who have been in direct contact with those infected to quarantine and be tested. Those who were in indirect contact with Covid-19 patients should self-quarantine at home and avoid all contact with others.

“[On May 12] we closed these places temporarily and we administered rapid tests that showed that everyone was negative. Now we're waiting for the results of the full tests from the Institut Pasteur du Cambodge," Seila said.

He said that before travelling to Pursat, people must first check their health and in cases where there is a suspicion of infection with Covid-19, quarantine is required.

On May 5, Pursat provincial health department introduced measures restricting traffic between 8pm and 5am in villages, communes and districts throughout the province to detect cases of people sneaking in or transporting foreigners from lockdown areas to the province.

Separately on May 11, Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol provided 4,000 Covid-19 rapid test kits to Chheang Ra, director-general of Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh.