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Cambodia quarantines officials after 1st community COVID outbreak

Authorities launch testing blitz; close shops, schools and venues

People wearing a face mask walks behind a signboard which encourage sanitary use in Phnom Penh. (Photo by Vann Soben)

PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia is racing to contain its first recorded community transmissions of COVID-19 from a cluster linked to the country's prison chief.

The outbreak, which threatens to derail Cambodia's coronavirus success story, emerged on Saturday when director of the country's prisons Chhem Savuth, his wife and four family members tested positive for the new coronavirus.

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