PHNOM PENH, April 15 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia on Thursday confirmed 344 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections in the kingdom to 5,218, the country's Ministry of Health said in a statement.
The new cases included 339 local cases, mostly in capital Phnom Penh, and five imported cases, the statement said, adding that the imported cases were detected on four Indonesian men traveling to Cambodia from Indonesia on April 13 and one Cambodian man returning from Thailand on April 7.
The Southeast Asian country also reported the recovery of 29 more COVID-19 patients.
Since the start of the pandemic in January last year, the kingdom had registered a total of 5,218 COVID-19 cases with 2,858 currently receiving treatment and 36 confirmed deaths, the statement said.
In the latest move to curb the virus spread, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen decided Wednesday night to place Phnom Penh and its neighboring Ta Khmau city under a 14-day lockdown from April 15 to 28.
Cambodia began an anti-COVID-19 inoculation drive on Feb 10. As of Wednesday, more than 1.2 million out of the country's 16 million population had been vaccinated against the virus, showed a government report.