Phnom Penh (VNA) Cambodia has finished 47.5 percent of its COVID-19 vaccination target with over 4.75 million people getting at least one shot as of July 8, according to the country’s Ministry of Health.

According to the ministry, the vaccination campaign in Phnom Penh, which started on February 10, concluded on July 8 with more than 2.1 million people aging from 18 receiving COVID-19 vaccine shots.

The COVID-19 pandemic has still developed complicatedly in the Southeast Asian country with about 1,000 infections reported each day. On July 9, Cambodia recorded 988 new cases in the past 24 hours, raising the national count to 59,045 with total 855 deaths.

As scheduled, the Cambodian Government will conduct the second phase of a scheme to provide financial support to COVID-19-hit people, targeting households in locked-down areas in Phnom Penh, Takhmao city in Kandal province and Preah Sihanouk province.

Meanwhile, Indonesia on July 9 received medical supplies and oxygen from neighbouring Singapore to support the overloaded health care sector amid the strongest COVID-19 wave that is hitting the country.

Earlier in 2020, Singapore also sent medical supplies, including COVID-19 test kits, to Indonesia.

So far, Indonesia has recorded over 2.4 million COVID-19 infections and more than 63,000 deaths. The country is working to speed up vaccination campaign with an aim to inject COVID-19 vaccines to 181.5 million people in early 2022. However, to date, about 5.4 percent of the 270 million people in the country has received vaccine shots.

Jakarta has conducted mobile vaccination models at a hope to reach populous and hard-to-access districts. On July 8, at least 16 vans were deployed to all areas in Jakarta to deliver 100 doses of Sinovac Biotech vaccine to locals.

At the same time, Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on July 9 announced the application of new tougher restriction measures in Bangkok and four southern provinces to slow the rising rate of COVID-19 cases. The third COVID-19 wave has hit the country since early April, killing 2,440 people.

On July 9, the country confirmed 9,276 new cases, the highest number of infections recorded in a day so far, including 8,998 found in the community and 278 prisoners.

Bangkok continued to be the largest COVID-19 hotspot with 3,116 new cases.

On the day, Thailand also announced additional 72 COVID-19 related deaths, raising death toll to 2,534.

The same day, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced that he will not receive his salary in three months and use the amount for the country’s COVID-19 prevention and control activities./.
VNA