PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia on Thursday confirmed its first death from COVID-19 since the pandemic began more than a year ago as it battles a new local outbreak that has infected hundreds of people.

The 50-year-old man was confirmed infected last month while working as a driver for a Chinese company in coastal Sihanoukville and died at the Khmer-Soviet friendship hospital Thursday morning, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Cambodia has confirmed only 1,163 cases of infection with the coronavirus since the pandemic began, but it is battling a new local outbreak that has infected several hundred people.

According to the Health Ministry, the new outbreak was traced to a foreign resident who broke quarantine in a hotel and went to a nightclub in early February. That caused a slew of infections and led the government on Feb. 20 to announce a two-week closure of all public schools, cinemas, bars and entertainment areas in Phnom Penh.

More in category

Analysis: Andrew Cuomo (still) isn't resigning
April 22, 2021CNN
Analysis: Andrew Cuomo (still) isn't resigning
US sending 'airborne assets' to help search for missing Indonesian submarine
April 22, 2021CNN
US sending 'airborne assets' to help search for missing Indonesian submarine
Senior general says US will maintain ability to launch air strikes in Afghanistan following troop withdrawal
April 22, 2021CNN
Senior general says US will maintain ability to launch air strikes in Afghanistan following troop withdrawal
NY, California Capital Gains Taxes Will Top 50 Percent in Biden Proposal
April 22, 2021Newsweek
NY, California Capital Gains Taxes Will Top 50 Percent in Biden Proposal
Kevin McCarthy’s Gamble on a “Big Tent” GOP
April 22, 2021TIME Magazine
Kevin McCarthy’s Gamble on a “Big Tent” GOP
Canada bans flights from India, Pakistan for 30 days; pregnant women with COVID at higher risk of death, study says: Live updates
April 22, 2021USA Today
Canada bans flights from India, Pakistan for 30 days; pregnant women with COVID at higher risk of death, study says: Live updates
Beware pricey summer flights: Airlines pushing fares higher as travel rebounds
April 22, 2021USA Today
Beware pricey summer flights: Airlines pushing fares higher as travel rebounds
Navajo Nation: No COVID deaths for 11th time in past 12 days
April 22, 2021AP News
Navajo Nation: No COVID deaths for 11th time in past 12 days
Lakers star Davis still set to end long absence against Mavs
April 22, 2021AP News
Lakers star Davis still set to end long absence against Mavs
Garnett-Stallings, Hovland-Ventura share Zurich Classic lead
April 22, 2021AP News
Garnett-Stallings, Hovland-Ventura share Zurich Classic lead
‘Jersey Shore’ star arrested on domestic violence allegation
April 22, 2021AP News
‘Jersey Shore’ star arrested on domestic violence allegation
California goes from worst to first in virus infections
April 22, 2021AP News
California goes from worst to first in virus infections
Oregon: CDC investigating woman’s death after J&J vaccine
April 22, 2021AP News
Oregon: CDC investigating woman’s death after J&J vaccine
Cornyn, Sinema unveil bill aimed at confronting border surge
April 22, 2021The Hill
Cornyn, Sinema unveil bill aimed at confronting border surge
Earth Day: Rehabilitated sea turtle released in Florida Keys
April 22, 2021ABC News
Earth Day: Rehabilitated sea turtle released in Florida Keys
Senators introduce bipartisan immigration bill
April 22, 2021CBS
Senators introduce bipartisan immigration bill
SpaceX Crew Dragon, 4 astronauts bound for space station
April 22, 2021CBS
SpaceX Crew Dragon, 4 astronauts bound for space station
Senate passes bill to address rise in attacks against Asians
April 22, 2021CBS
Senate passes bill to address rise in attacks against Asians
More bodycam video released after fatal shooting of girl in Ohio
April 22, 2021CBS
More bodycam video released after fatal shooting of girl in Ohio
RNC chair McDaniel floated possible Michigan governor run
April 22, 2021Politico
RNC chair McDaniel floated possible Michigan governor run
Transition Playbook: Who you gonna call: Klain or Ricchetti?
April 22, 2021Politico
Transition Playbook: Who you gonna call: Klain or Ricchetti?