Laos govt advises people to take extreme care as Covid-19 cases are rising; over 200,000 virus tests have been conducted

VIENTIANE, May 11 (Vientiane Times/ANN): The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control is advising people not to become complacent and to fully comply with government guidelines to stop the spread of the virus, after 237 people were discharged from hospital.

The discharged patients had been under observation after contracting the virus but have all now twice tested negative.

Hospitals are allowing recovered Covid-19 patients to return home on condition that they self-quarantine and follow doctors’ advice about medication, rest and diet while minimising contact with family members.

Director General of the Department of Communicable Disease Control, under the Ministry of Health, Dr Rattanaxay Phetsouvanh, gave an update on the Covid-19 outbreak at a press conference on Monday, urging everyone to continue to follow the lockdown rules.

There have been 203,045 tests for the Covid-19 infection conducted in Laos since January 2020, said a report released Tuesday (May 11) by the Centre of Information and Education for Health under the Lao Health Ministry.

Of the tested people, 1,362 were found Covid-19 positive, said the report. Laos has been carrying out tests on a daily basis to detect the Covid-19 infections.

So far in Laos, 297 Covid-19 patients have recovered from the pandemic and been discharged from hospitals, the report said.

To prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Lao government has continued to implement preventive measures and carefully monitored arrivals in the country.

The health ministry urged the Lao people and all relevant authorities to continue strictly abiding by the health guidelines and rules set by the Lao government.

Laos reported its first two confirmed cases of Covid-19 on March 24 last year.

Vientiane has recorded the highest overall number of infections, followed by Bokeo and Champassak. The outbreak has spread through 15 provinces, with only Attapeu, Xaysomboun and Huaphan remaining virus-free.

Some 1,089 people are currently in hospitals around the country after testing positive for Covid-19.

More than 3,352 people have been admitted to 45 quarantine centres and samples taken from them have been sent for Covid-19 tests. - Vientiane Times/ANN

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