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Coronavirus

Cambodia COVID cases plummet after PM orders reduced testing

Hun Sen tells officials there's no need to rapid test people without symptoms

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks via video to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 25.   © Reuters

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's official daily COVID-19 case numbers tumbled 76% in one day after Prime Minister Hun Sen told officials to stop administering rapid tests to people who don't show symptoms.

The country's Ministry of Health reported 232 cases on Friday, down from 978 the previous day. Friday's numbers specified they were detected via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, suggesting that positive cases from rapid antigen tests were not counted.

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