Cambodia’s Delta Variant infection of SARS-CoV-2 virus has increased exponentially to 7,852 as of Monday, 27 September.
The first Delta case was detected on 31st Match 2021 and since then it has grown in numbers and infection rates with the rising infection rates of COVID-19.
Just four days prior on September 23, the number of Delta variant infections was at 6,503. With the latest infection rates, the increase of 1,349 cases in four days has caused alarm, especially with the cancellation of the Kan Ben and Pchun Ben celebrations.
One of the prime reasons for the suspension of the celebrations was the rapid rise in Delta cases, especially in the capital city of Phnom Penh where 141Buddhist monks and laypeople from 151 pagodas were tested positive for COVID-19 in the first two days of the celebrations.
It is not known whether any of the 141 have been infected with the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 as it takes up to five days for Pastuer Institute to test the PCR samples and genome sequencing to separate and identify the Delta variant.
Siem Reap province too is reeling from Delta variant infections with close to 400 infected as of Saturday, 25 September while their overall cases of COVID has jumped to 11,634 Covid-19 as of the same date and rising despite the almost province wide lockdown to contain people’s movement and in the process, contain the rapid spread of the virus.
Battambang province facing the Thai border and the deluge of migrant workers from Thailand has also reported close to 400 Delta cases and is fearing the worst with the continued return of the migrant workers.
Oddar Meanchey has reported more than 420 delta variant cases while Preah Vihear, also facing the Thai border has reported more than 200 Delta infections.