2,648 people quarantined over COVID-19 concerns in Laos

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-19 17:46:37|Editor: huaxia

VIENTIANE, May 19 (Xinhua) -- The National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control said on Tuesday that it has been monitoring 2,648 people across the country.

Phouthone Meaungpak, Lao Deputy Minister of Health and vice president of The National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, told a press conference in the Lao capital Vientiane that 2,648 people have been quarantined at 91 accommodation centers.

On Monday, a total of 1,761 people entering Laos through international border checkpoints. Of these, 1,079 people crossed the border with Thailand, six of them were Lao workers returning their homes in Champassak, and others were truck drivers bringing freight into Laos.

A total of eight truck drivers entered Laos from China, while 559 truck drivers came to Laos from Vietnam.

At all border crossings, the temperature of each person entering Laos was checked and no one showed signs of fever. All Lao workers returning to their homes were sent to a quarantine center in the provinces for 14 days, according to the report.

As of Tuesday, Laos has tested 4,653 suspected cases with 19 cases tested positive, and 14 patients have recovered.

Another five infected cases are treated in designated hospital -- Mittaphab Hospital (Hospital 150) in Vientiane.

Laos detected its first two COVID-19 confirmed cases on March 24. Enditem