Cambodian PM Hun Sen says positive for Covid after hosting ASEAN summit

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday said he had tested positive for Covid-19 after hosting more than a dozen world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, at a summit in Phnom Penh.

Asia’s longest-ruling leader said in a Facebook post that he received the positive result upon arriving in Indonesia for a G20 summit but was not feeling any symptoms.

Hun Sen had maskless meetings with leaders from eight Southeast Asian countries, as well as the United States, China, Japan, Australia and Canada at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit that drew to a close on Sunday.

“Dear compatriots! Now I have tested positive for Covid-19,” he wrote on Facebook, saying he had been tested every day, including before flying to the G20 in Bali, and all the results had been negative.

“I’m not sure when this virus came to me, but when I arrived, the Indonesians took a sample from me in the evening, and in the morning it confirmed Covid-19 positive.”

He said it was “lucky” that he arrived in Bali late and missed a dinner with other guides.

For security reasons, the Cambodian delegation will return home on Tuesday, he said, meaning he will miss meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron at the APEC summit in Bangkok later this week.