Administering of 3rd booster dose against COVID-19 in Cambodia finally takes off along with 4th dose
The 3rd booster dose has now been administered to 5,073,265 people, including 2,587,619 females while the fourth dose which started on January 14 has seen a total of 204,730 getting it as of January 20.
To date, since vaccination first started on February 10, 2021, a total of 14,326,513 people have received their first dose of the vaccine while 13,728,089 have received their second dose to complete their two course vaccine programme.
Community, Imported cases jump as Cambodia records highest ever daily Omicron case total
Todays official daily new COVID case total (diagnosed by PCR test) was 57 – all the Omicron variant – bringing the COVID case total to 121,299 cases.
The Kingdom recorded 44 new community and 13 new imported cases of the new variant.
Cambodia has now recorded 858 cases of Omicron – 472 imported and 386 community cases.
Omicron, reported to be highly transmissible and with a higher reinfection rate, has now spread worldwide – including Cambodia.
Health Ministry spokesman Hok Kim Cheng said that the Omicron variant is highly transmissible although the symptoms are mild while the Delta strain had caused thousands of people to die.
“The emergence of the Omicron variant does not mean that the Delta, a highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 virus strain, has disappeared,” he added.
At present, he said less than 150 people are admitted to Intensive Care Units across the country with Covid-19 while the majority suffered only mild symptoms and have recovered at home or are recovering at their houses without burdening the health system. All are victims of the Omicron variant.
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COVID-19 third wave takes hold in Jakarta
People queue for a free rapid test for the COVID-19 coronavirus sponsored by the Indonesian National Police in Jakarta on June 21, 2020. (AFP/Adek Berry). Usage: 0(AFP/Adek Berry)
A third wave of the coronavirus pandemic has begun to take hold across the country, with the Omicron variant of the virus believed to have driven a surge in cases and hospitalization in the capital, where more than 80 percent of the population has been vaccinated.
On Thursday, the country saw 8,077 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, the highest official daily caseload since August last year when the country was struggling to contain the Delta-induced second wave, which peaked at 56,757 cases a month earlier.
While studies have shown that Omicron is less virulent than its predecessors, experts have warned that the high transmissibility of the variant could lead to a spike in cases that could disastrously overwhelm the healthcare system.ess:
Dio Suhenda (The Jakarta Post)
Jakarta ● Fri, January 28, 2022
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United States extends support for Covid response
The United States has so far provided over US$13 million in support of Laos’ battle against Covid-19 since March 2020.
In addition to the health sector, the US government is committed to helping the Lao government address the impacts of the pandemic on the education system, the economy, and the rule of law, US Ambassador to Laos Dr Peter M. Haymond said.
Speaking at a ceremony to hand over the latest delivery of Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to Laos on Wednesday, Dr Haymond said the United States will continue its support for businesses, the education system, health care, persons with disabilities, and the rule of law.
In addition to providing emergency assistance, the United States works in close partnership with the government and citizens of Laos on a range of programmes to improve health outcomes.
These include long-term efforts to improve nutrition through school feeding, programmes to address maternal and child health, and efforts to address and prevent infectious diseases.
By Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth
(Latest Update January 28, 2022)