Source: Vientiane Times
Two people have tested positive for Covid-19 with the results confirmed on April 10, the national virus taskforce announced on Sunday.
A Thai businessman, 41, who has been living in Laos for the past year, became the 50th person to test positive for the virus in Laos. He currently lives in Chanthabouly district, Vientiane.
During the past week, he was in close contact with a person who had entered Laos illegally from Thailand. He then developed a fever, cough, body pains and a sore throat.
On April 10, he went to Mittaphab Hospital for a Covid-19 test which was positive. He is now being treated and under observation at the hospital, a member of the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, Dr Phonpadith Sangxayalath, told a press conference on Sunday.
Ten people who were in close contact with the man have been tested for the virus. The results will be known on Sunday night and will be made public on Monday.
“In the meantime, these 10 people have been placed in quarantine,” Dr Phonpadith said.
Investigations are ongoing to find out if any more people had close contact with the man.
The second person to test positive, and the 51st known case in Laos, is a 41-year-old Lao government official who returned from Mongolia via Incheon International Airport in the Republic of Korea.
He arrived at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane on April 9 and returned a positive test on April 10. He is also under observation at Mittaphab Hospital.
All 126 people on board the plane on which he travelled, including 31 who came into close contact with him, have tested negative for the virus.
Officials warn that Laos is still at risk of a fresh outbreak of Covid-19 given that illegal entering from neighbouring countries, especially from countries where new infections are occurring post that risk.