Cambodian PM Hun Sen Tests Covid Positive After ASEAN Summit

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Cambodian PM Hun Sen at the 2022 ASEAN Summit.

On Tuesday Morning, the PM announced on his social media that he tested positive for Covid-19 in Indonesia, where he had just arrived to be part of the G20 summit as the ASEAN chair.  

He said, “Before leaving Cambodia, I always take Covid-19 tests. And before departing this time, I also took a rapid test and the result was negative. I am unaware of when I got infected. But when I arrived in Indonesia, I had my specimen tested and this morning it was confirmed to be Covid-19 positive. I have to accept this although I don’t have any uncommon symptoms,” he said.

Hun Sen was scheduled to have a dinner meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday evening on the sidelines of the G20 summit, but the meeting was canceled as he was running late.

Prioritizing on the safety of other leaders, the Cambodian delegation has returned back to the country after handing over the chairmanship to Indonesia for the summit. Indonesia will also be the ASEAN Chair in 2023.

The ASEAN Summit was held between November 10-13 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and saw participation from nine ASEAN countries of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Leaders from countries like the US, Canada, Australia, Ukraine, China, South Korea, and Japan also attended the event.