Thailand to open border for Cambodians seeking emergency medical help hinh anh 1Oddar Meanchay Governor Pen Kosal (Photo: Khmer Times)
Hanoi (VNA) – Thailand will allow residents in the Cambodian province of Oddar Meanchay, who need medical attention, to cross the border and seek emergency treatment in the country.

It was a result of low-level negotiations between both sides at the Oddar Meanchay international checkpoints while Cambodia and Thailand are continuing a lockdown of their common border to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, it does not apply to patients with symptoms of COVID-19.

Oddar Meanchay governor Pen Kosal told a press conference on May 20 that talks on border cooperation to prevent the virus spread have been ongoing between the provincial authorities and their counterparts in Thailand’s Surin and Sisaket provinces.

He said both sides have agreed to work together to strengthen preventive measures at the border and discussed cooperation to allow the trade and transportation of goods.

Khlork Huot, director of the Oddar Meanchay health department, said the Thai authorities in both provinces agreed to allow only special cases to cross the border for emergency treatment, adding that patients should be clear from COVID-19.

Cambodian Health Minister Mam Bunheng confirmed earlier this week that the country recorded no new case of the virus and all of its 122 patients have recovered.

Meanwhile, Thailand recorded only one new COVID-19 case on May 20, raising its total to 3,034, including 56 deaths. As many as 2,888 fully recovered and were discharged from hospitals./.