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All three Luang Prabang Covid-19 patients discharged, no new cases for 17 days
 
All the three Covid-19 patients being treated at the Luang Prabang Hospital have been discharged after they tested negative for the virus, while no new infections have been reported across Laos for 17 straight days.
The Deputy Head of the National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, Dr Phouthone Muongpak, told a daily news briefing on Wednesday that one of the three Covid-19 patients in Luang Prabang Hospital was discharged today after testing negative two times in 24 hours.

Now all three patients at the hospital have been discharged but they will have to observe self-quarantine measures. They will also have to come in for another test after 14 to 28 days.
“Currently, eleven Covid-19 patients are still being treated at the Friendship Hospital (Mittaphab Hospital) in Vientiane. All of them have only mild symptoms and they continue to receive treatment,” he said.
Lao has not recorded any Coronavirus infections for 17 consecutive days and eight patients have recovered.
Up to 5 pm on April 28, a total of 1,996 people who entered Laos through international border checkpoints were checked for Covid-19 and none of them showed signs of fever.
Of these, 1,398 people crossed the border with Thailand, and three of them were Lao workers returning to their homes in Xayaboury and the others were truck drivers bringing goods into the country.
A total of 152 truck drivers crossed the Laos-China border, while 442 truck drivers entered Laos from Vietnam. Four people entered via Wattay International Airport. At all border checkpoints, the temperature of each traveller was checked and the three Lao workers returning to their homes in Xayaboury were sent to a quarantine centre in the province.
Dr Phouthone said a total of 33 samples were tested for the Coronavirus on April 28, including those of 11 people suspected to be infected and 19 Lao workers who returned from Thailand, but all the results were negative.
As of April 28, a total of 759 people, including Lao workers who returned from neighbouring countries, were in 193 quarantine centres, and another 439 people were in self-isolation at home. A total of 514 samples were tested for the Coronavirus but all the results were negative.
Everyone must continue to comply with the restrictions on movement to curb the spread of the virus and prevent a more widespread outbreak.
The Prime Minister’s Order, dated March 29, instructed everyone to stay at home during April 1-19 to contain the spread of the potentially deadly virus. The government later extended the lockdown until May 3.
As of 6 am on April 29, the Coronavirus has infected more than 3,133,100 people in 210 countries. It has claimed more than 217,389 lives, while at least 951,433 people have been discharged from hospital after recovering, according to the Task-force Committee.


By Phomphong Laoin
(Latest Update April 30, 2020)


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