Govt vows to keep Laos free from Covid-19


  • Vietnam
  • Monday, 24 Feb 2020

LAOS, Feb 24 (Vientiane Times/ANN): The government’s monthly meeting last week agreed to keep strict measures in place to ensure Laos remains free from the new Covid-19 virus, which is spreading around the world.

The two-day meeting, which took place on February 19-20 under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, resolved that the relevant authorities should continue to implement the strict measures imposed by the government to prevent the outbreak of the deadly virus.

The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China, at the end of last year. Numerous countries have confirmed cases of the virus but Laos is the only country in the region not to have been affected so far.

The government has put various measures in place to prevent an outbreak of the virus given that Laos is highly vulnerable due to its proximity to China.

The Chinese government has instructed its citizens not to travel outside the country to prevent the spread of the virus, although the Lao government has not changed its visa rules.

Lao authorities have warned people not to travel to virus outbreak areas and have installed thermal scanners at border crossings with China and at other strategic locations to prevent people who may be carrying the virus from entering Laos.

So far, no case of the coronavirus has been reported in Laos.

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