A girl receives a dose of COVID-19 vaccine at an inoculation site in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Sept. 17, 2021. (Photo by Sovannara/Xinhua)
Cambodian authorities have attributed the fall in new COVID-19 cases and deaths to higher vaccination rates as more than 83 percent of the country's total population have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines.
PHNOM PENH, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia saw a dramatic drop in new COVID-19 cases on Friday as more than 83 percent of the country's total population have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccines, the Health Ministry said in a statement.
Cambodia reported 232 new infections including 45 imported cases, the lowest daily figure since mid-April, the statement said, adding that 17 new fatalities and 556 more recoveries were recorded.
To date, the Southeast Asian nation has logged a total of 112,883 COVID-19 cases with 2,336 deaths and 103,383 recoveries, the ministry said.
An adolescent receives his first dose of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Aug. 1, 2021. (Photo by Ly Lay/Xinhua)
Authorities have attributed the fall in new cases and deaths to higher COVID-19 vaccination rates.
Cambodia launched a COVID-19 inoculation drive in February, with China being the key vaccine supplier.
Health Ministry's secretary of state and spokeswoman Or Vandine said as of Sept. 30, the kingdom had administered at least one vaccine shot to 13.37 million people, or 83.57 percent of its 16-million population.
Of them, 11.06 million, or 69.12 percent, had been fully vaccinated with both required shots, and 894,351, or 5.58 percent, had received a booster dose, she said in a report. ■