Over 50,000 coronavirus tests conducted in Laos since January

September 29, 2020

Laos has conducted over 50,000 tests for the COVID-19 pandemic since January, with 23 of them being positive, according to the Lao Ministry of Health report on Monday.

Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control under Lao Ministry of Health, Sisavath Soutthaniraxay, told a press conference held in the Lao capital Vientiane on Monday that Laos has been carrying out tests on a daily basis to detect coronavirus infections since January, completing 51,084 in total so far.

Among the people tested, 23 have been confirmed to be infected with the virus and 22 of the patients have been discharged from hospitals.

On Sunday, a total of 1,884 people entered Laos through international border checkpoints. Body temperature checks showed no one had signs of fever.

According to the National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, it has been monitoring 3,421 people at 44 accommodation centers across the country.

The Lao government has warned citizens not to neglect virus containment and prevention measures in order to ward off a second wave of the epidemic.

Laos announced its first two confirmed COVID-19 cases on March 24.