Director general of the National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology under the Lao Ministry of Health, Phonepadith Xangsayarath, told a press conference here on Sunday that the two new cases include a 41-year-old businessman from Thailand, who had a close contact with illegal immigrants from Thailand on April 3. The patient, a Thai national, was tested positive for the virus on Saturday.
Another patient is a 41-year-old man, a Lao national, who returned to Laos from Mongolia on Friday.
The two new cases are treated in the designated hospital Mittaphab Hospital (Hospital 150). Neither of them is in a serious condition.
The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 recorded in Laos is 51, with 47 recoveries.
Meanwhile, Laos has conducted 140,510 tests for Covid-19 since January 2020, with 49 of them being positive, according to a report by the Lao Ministry of Health.
Laos has been carrying out tests on a daily basis to detect the coronavirus infections, it said. Among the people tested, 49 have been confirmed to be infected with the novel coronavirus.
A total of 2,709 people entered Laos through international border checkpoints on Thursday (April 10). Of them, 1,997 were from Thailand, 74 from China, and 638 from Vietnam.
The temperature of each person entering Laos was checked and no one showed signs of fever.
The National Taskforce is currently monitoring 4,831 people at 36 accommodation centers across the country.
The Lao government has warned people countrywide not to neglect containment and prevention measures against the pandemic.
Laos reported its first two confirmed cases of Covid-19 on March 24 last year. - Xinhua