VIENTIANE, July 24 (Xinhua) — The Lao Ministry of Health reported one new COVID-19 case on Friday for the first time after 102 days.
Director of the National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology under Lao Ministry of Health, Phonepadith Sangxayalath, told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Friday that the new case is a South Korean man, who is a staff of a hydropower project in Laos.
The 32-year-old patient travelled from Japan and transited through South Korea on July 18, and arrived in Laos on the same day. He went to a quarantine center in Vientiane by a van with another six passengers.
The patient has been treated in designated hospital — Mittaphab Hospital (Hospital 150) in Vientiane and he is not in serious condition, said Phonepadith.
“Authorities and people countrywide must fully comply with the government’s guidelines to stop the spread of the virus,” Lao Deputy Minister of Health Phouthone Meaungpak said.
He added that, people should not be panic over this new case and should follow the information about the COVID-19 from only reliable and official sources to avoid the snare of fake news.
As of Thursday, 24,479 suspected cases have been tested in Laos. Among the 20 positive cases, 19 have recovered till June 9.
Laos announced its first two COVID-19 confirmed cases on March 24. Enditem