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Nearly 3,300 people released from quarantine centre in Kong district

A total of 3,269 people, including 1,566 women, in Kong district of Champassak province have been sent back home after spending 14 days in quarantine and only two people are at the isolation centre, according to Champamai Newspaper.
Their quarantine was part of measures to prevent and control Covid-19. The government had said that people coming from countries affected by the outbreak would have to stay at the quarantine centre for 14 days before being allowed to go home.
According to the Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention  and Control in Kong district, more than 10,000 people, including more than 5,5,00 women, in the region work overseas.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak affected their jobs, some of these workers had returned to their hometown and they had to spend 14 days at the quarantine centre.
Since the governor issued a notification to implement measures to control and prevent Covid-19 last month, the district put in place strict measures and arranged 70 quarantine centres for those working overseas.
Officials used district guesthouses, empty houses and schools as temporary quarantine centres.
The government is strictly implementing preventive measures and monitoring people entering Laos at the borders to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and the country has not recorded any new infections for 23 consecutive days.
Up to May 9, Laos reported 19 cases of Covid-19, and 13 people have recovered.
The Deputy Minister of Health, Dr Phouthone Muongpak, who is also the Deputy Head of the National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, told a daily news briefings on May 4: “We are paying attention to strict monitoring and surveillance of people entering the country to prevent people from bringing the virus to our country.
“People entering the country, especially Lao workers who return from foreign countries, will be sent to quarantine centres and hotels in provinces for 14 days. We don’t allow self-quarantine at home to prevent the spread of the Covid-19.”

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update May 12, 2020)

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