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Dining Out With Friend Leads To 16th Confirmed Virus Case / 9.4.2020

Source: Vientiane Times

A Lao student in Vientiane was confirmed as the nation’s sixteenth COVID-19 case on Thursday following eating and drinking with a friend last month who was later found to be infected.

The National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control reported on Thursday that the newly infected victim had a drink with her friend on March 26, who was a DHL employee. Then on March 27, she heard news that her friend was the 10th verified coronavirus case.

The latest victim is a 23-year-old female student of Rattana Institute of Business Administration who currently lives in Nongduang village, Sikhottabong district.

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When the learnt her friend was the 10th coronavirus case at the end of last month, she self-quarantined and did not leave her home up to April 6.
The following day, she started to have a headache, fever, numb tongue and breathing difficulties but did not seek medical treatment.

On April 8, she lost her sense of smell and feeling in her tongue while suffering increased fever and bad breath. She then decided to call doctors at Mittaphab Hospital who dispatched an ambulance to retrieve her from Nongduang village. Medical personnel collected a sample for COVID-19 testing, which returned a positive result.

According to the National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, there were nine people in close contact with the latest confirmed case, and the relevant authorities have already contacted them to advise self-quarantining.

From January to April 8, 2020, a total of 903 people have been tested with 16 found to be infected.

As of April 9, the coronavirus had spread to 209 countries and territories, and there were more than 1.5 million confirmed cases around the world.

The virus has claimed 88,318 lives while more than 329,556 people have recovered.