COVID-19 pandemic in Laos

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COVID-19 pandemic in Laos
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationLaos
Index caseVientiane
Arrival date24 March 2020
(5 months, 3 weeks and 5 days)
Confirmed cases23
Suspected cases318
Recovered22
Deaths
0
Suspected cases have not been confirmed as being due to this strain by laboratory tests, although some other strains may have been ruled out.

The COVID-19 pandemic in Laos is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). On 24 March 2020, Laos became the last country in Southeast Asia to report its first confirmed case of the virus. As of 4 September 2020, all cases have recovered.

Background[edit]

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019.[1][2]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[3][4] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[5][3]

Timeline[edit]

On 13 March, provincial authorities closed some of border posts.[6]

On 24 March, Laos confirmed its first two COVID-19 cases, becoming the last Southeast Asian country infected with coronavirus.[7][8]

On 26 March, the Vientiane Times confirmed the country's third COVID-19 case.[9]

On 27 March, there were six cases confirmed. Two more men from Luang Prabang, and one from Vientiane.[10]

On 28 March, there were 2 more confirmed, bringing a total to 8.[11]

On 30 March, there was 1 more confirmed, bringing everything to a total of 9.[12]

On 1 April, one more case was confirmed, bringing a total to 10.[13]

On 5 April 2020, the 11th case was reported as a 55-year-old man from Papua New Guinea.[14]

The government announced a lockdown on 29, March, starting on 30 March. All land borders closed and the last flights departed from Luang Prabang and Vientiane occurred on 1 April.[15] By May 18, more restrictions had been loosened, allowing domestic travel, without foreign travellers allowed.[16]

On 2 June, students returned to classrooms.[17]

On 4 June, the government allowed foreign travellers into the country.[18]

On 25 July, one new case was confirmed. It was a South Korean national.[19]

Confirmed Cases[edit]

Details of the confirmed cases in Laos
Case Date Age Gen⁠der National⁠ity Location Treatment facility Previous country been to Status Note Source
1 24 March 2020 28 Male  Laos Vientiane  Thailand Discharged
2 24 March 2020 36 Female Vientiane No Tour guide
3 25 March 2020 26 Male Vientiane Europe Close contact with case 1
4 26 March 2020 42 Male Luang Prabang No Driver of same tour group as case 2.
5 26 March 2020 42 Male Luang Prabang No
6 26 March 2020 41 Male Vientiane No In patient Close contact with case 3
7 28 March 2020 50 Female Luang Prabang No In patient Wife of case 5
8 28 March 2020 18 Male Vientiane No In patient Close contact with case 3
9 29 March 2020 22 Female Vientiane  Thailand In patient Visited her relative in Bangkok
10 25 March 2020 21 Female Vientiane No In patient Close contact with case 8
11 5 April 2020 55 Male  Papua New Guinea Vientiane  Papua New Guinea In patient Mining company employee
12 6 April 2020 20 Female  Laos Vientiane  United Kingdom In patient Been on the same flight as case 11 from Bangkok to Vientiane
13 7 April 2020 40 Male Vientiane No Close contact with case 11
14 7 April 2020 19 Female Vientiane  United Kingdom
15 8 April 2020 20 Female Vientiane  United Kingdom Close contact with case 12. Been on the same flight with cases 11 and 12.
16 10 April 2020 23 Female Vientiane No Close contact with case 10.
17 11 April 2020 32 Female Vientiane No In patient Close contact with case 16.
18 11 April 2020 32 Female Vientiane No In patient
19 12 April 2020 21 Male Vientiane No In patient
20 27 July 2020 32 Male  South Korea Vientiane  Japan


Statistics[edit]

COVD-19 pandemic in Laos
Province Confirmed Recovered
Vientiane Prefecture 19 16
Luang Prabang 3 3

Assistance[edit]

The Laotian Times says China sent medical experts, medical equipment and medicines, to help Laos fight COVID-19.[20]

On 27 March, Vietnam offers help by sending medical equipment worth US$100,000.[21]

Censorship[edit]

Some people have been arrested for allegedly spreading false information about the COVID-19 pandemic.[22]

References[edit]

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  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 June 2020. Retrieved 22 June 2020.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "With 19 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases And No Deaths, Laos To Loosen Lockdown". NPR.org. Archived from the original on 23 June 2020. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
  17. ^ "Lao students return to schools as gov't further eases COVID-19 restrictions - Xinhua | English.news.cn". www.xinhuanet.com. Archived from the original on 24 June 2020. Retrieved 22 June 2020.
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  19. ^ "Vietnam, Laos report new COVID-19 cases after 3 months". Archived from the original on 29 July 2020.
  20. ^ "China Sends Medical Experts to Help Laos Fight COVID-19". 26 March 2020. Archived from the original on 26 March 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  21. ^ "Vietnam to provide Laos and Cambodia with medical equipment worth $100,000 each". 27 March 2020. Archived from the original on 13 April 2020. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  22. ^ "Vietnam, Laos Arrest Facebookers on COVID-19-Related Charges". Radio Free Asia. 13 April 2020. Archived from the original on 31 May 2020. Retrieved 16 May 2020.

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