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Cambodia’s Battle Against the Covid-19 Pandemic: Not a Matter of Luck

Cambodia has done relatively well in its battle against the Covid-19 pandemic, thanks to leadership, targeted measures, and rapid crisis response.

After a year of battling the Covid-19 pandemic, Cambodia is in relatively good shape. The Kingdom reported its first Covid-19 case on 27 January 2020 – a Chinese tourist from Wuhan. The first local case was confirmed on 7 March 2020.

Fast forward a year to 26 January 2021, Cambodia’s Covid-19 totals constituted of 460 infected cases and no deaths. Of these numbers, only 48 patients are still being treated at the hospital. The low infection rate reflects the state capacity of Cambodia. Fighting the pandemic is not a matter of luck but effective leadership and governance.

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