30 Dec 2023. Cambodia has detected the first four cases of the new COVID-19 JN.1 variant, which is the “descendant of the highly mutated BA.2.86 lineage,” the country’s health ministry announced.

“The results obtained from the Pasteur Institute in Cambodia on Dec. 28 confirmed that four persons tested positive for the COVID-19 JN.1 variant,” the ministry said in a statement.