PM Tests Positive for Covid at G20 Summit in Bali

Prime Minister Hun Sen tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday at the G20 Summit in Bali, just days after Cambodia hosted the ASEAN Summits attended by global leaders, many of whom the premier exchanged handshakes with
Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (left) hugs Prime Minister Hun Sen before a gala dinner, November 12, 2022. Kiripost/Siv Channa
Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (left) hugs Prime Minister Hun Sen before a gala dinner, November 12, 2022. Kiripost/Siv Channa

Prime Minister Hun Sen has tested positive for Covid-19 while in Bali attending the G20 Summit.

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Hun Sen added that all meetings have been canceled, including with Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Hun Sen said that before he left Cambodia for Indonesia on Monday, he tested negative. However, he tested positive in Bali Tuesday.

“I'm not sure since when this virus has been with me but what is certain is when Indonesian doctors took samples in the evening and in the morning, it confirmed that it is Covid-19. We must accept this, even though there are no strange symptoms,” Hun Sen said.

He added it is fortunate that on Monday night he had failed to attend dinner with heads of states, organized by Macron, because he landed on the Indonesian island late.

Hun Sen said he and the delegation will return to Cambodia Tuesday.

Hun Sen’s positive Covid test came just days after the country hosted the ASEAN Summits last week, with world leaders attending including US President Joe Biden, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

During the ASEAN gala dinner on Saturday, Hun Sen also exchanged handshakes with world leaders.

According to Bloomberg, Biden at one point cleared his throat during a press conference on Monday evening, and said, “Excuse me, I have a little cold.”

Bloomberg also reported Biden had tested negative for Covid-19 ahead of the group of 20 meetings in Bali.