Laos says it has overcome COVID-19

Bangkok, Jun 13 (efe-epa).- The Government of Laos announced that it has overcome COVID-19, after discharging the last of its 19 hospitalized patients and not having registered any new contagion in 59 days, local press reported Saturday.

“Laos has won a major victory in the first campaign against this ruthless enemy,” Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith announced at a press conference on Friday, local website The Laotian Times reported.

The isolated nation of Laos was one of the last countries to detect the first cases of COVID-19 within its borders, on Mar. 24, when a 36-year-old tourist guide who had accompanied a group of Europeans with the new coronavirus and a 28-year-old man who had attended a conference in Bangkok were diagnosed.

The delay occurred largely as a consequence of the lack of tests and, to date, 8,926 have been carried out in this country of just over 7 million inhabitants, where only 19 cases have been detected and no deaths have occurred, according to collected data on the website of the National Committee for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19.

The country’s communist regime imposed strict measures to contain the pandemic on May 30, which included the mandatory quarantine of all citizens except to buy essential goods or visit hospitals, the prohibition of travel to other provinces and the total closure of its borders, as well as establishments such as bars, restaurants or gyms.

The measures were softened at the end of May, with the opening of educational centers or the authorization of sporting events, although if spectators, and also that of movie theaters, but the borders remain closed, except in special cases and with express authorization. EFE-EPA


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