Laos reports first two COVID-19 cases

The Lao Ministry of Health on March 24 confirmed the first two cases of the acute respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), becoming the last Southeast Asian nation attacked by the disease.

25, Mar. 2020

Photo by Remi Yuan on Unsplash
Photo by Remi Yuan on Unsplash

VIENTIANE, VNA - The Lao Ministry of Health on March 24 confirmed the first two cases of the acute respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), becoming the last Southeast Asian nation attacked by the disease.

A representative from the ministry spoke at a press conference in Vientiane on the same day that both patients have traveled abroad and worked closely with foreigners.

The 28-year-old man arrived in Thailand on March 4 and returned home on March 9. He then quarantined himself at home and tested positive for the SARS-COV-2 on March 23 after suffering from fever, headache, muscle ache, and shortness of breath.

Meanwhile, the 36-year-old woman returned home from Sweden on March 15.

So far, the SARS-CoV-2 has been confirmed in 196 countries and territories around the world. - VNA