Lao gov't continues to strictly monitor border to prevent second wave of COVID-19 outbreak

Source: Xinhua| 2020-06-18 18:10:43|Editor: huaxia

VIENTIANE, June 18 (Xinhua) -- The Lao government continues to implement preventive measures and monitor people entering Laos to avoid a second wave of COVID-19 outbreak, even as the country recorded no new confirmed cases for 67 consecutive days.

People entering Laos especially returning workers will be sent to quarantine centers for 14 days, and the temperature of each person entering Laos must be checked.

On Wednesday, a total of 1,930 people entered Laos through international border checkpoints. Of these, 1,348 people crossed the border with Thailand.

A total of 49 people entered Laos from China, while 527 people entered Laos from Vietnam, Lao Ministry of Health reported in its press release on Thursday.

A total of 3,449 people have been quarantined at 94 accommodation centers across the country.

The National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control urged everyone to continue to regularly wash their hands with soap, and to wear a face mask when going outside their homes and in crowded places. People must also continue to practice social distancing.

As of Thursday, Laos has tested 11,478 suspected cases with 19 cases tested positive, and all of them have been discharged from hospitals.

Laos announced its first two COVID-19 confirmed cases on March 24, and the last patient was discharged on June 9. Enditem