Thai media reported that Laos had recorded the first two cases of corona virus infection on March 24, leaving Southeast Asia without any country where Covid-19 was found.
Thailand’s MCOT television station, citing Lao Health Ministry, said Laos had recorded the first two cases of corona virus infection on March 24. This means there is no country in Southeast Asia where Covid-19 has not been reported yet.
The two cases included a 28-year-old hotel worker and a 36-year-old tourist guide, both residing in Vientiane, according to the report. They traveled abroad and had close contact with many people during the course of their work.
Both are undergoing hospital treatment.
Until March 24 morning, Laos was still the only country in Southeast Asia that had not reported any cases positive for the new strain of corona virus, the causative agent of Covid-19 disease. Myanmar at the end of March 23 announced the first 2 cases in this country.
The news came after Thailand announced the closure of factories and workplaces, causing many Lao and Myanmar workers in the country to lose their jobs and rush back home. According to the Vientiane Times, this raises concerns that some workers “may bring the virus back from neighboring countries that are fighting to control the disease”.
Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith on March 23 surveyed facilities prepared to host Covid-19 patients in the capital, including a political academy, a sports training area as well as a stadium. According to the Vientiane Times newsletter.
The newspaper also said that four hospitals in Vientiane were designated as isolation places for suspected cases. In other provinces, suspected people will be quarantined at provincial hospitals.
Dr Reiko Tsuyuoka, leader of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) emergency medical program in Laos, said on March 20, “if the Covid-19 epidemic appears in this country, I think we will be quick news “.
With the help of WHO and its partners, the Lao Ministry of Health has built “a strong system for detecting and responding to health threats,” she told the Straits Times. “They have good laboratories and a network of qualified epidemiologists across the country.”
Laos has tested nearly 100 people as of March 20. The country also closed all schools and entertainment facilities, adopting a 14-day isolation policy for people from high-risk countries, including Lao nationals returning to celebrate the traditional New Year in May. 4.