COVID-19 pandemic in Laos

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COVID-19 pandemic in Laos
Map of COVID-19 Outbreak Cases in Laos.svg
Map of provinces with confirmed coronavirus cases as of 8 January 2022:
  Confirmed 1–9
  Confirmed 10–99
  Confirmed 100-999
  Confirmed 1,000-9,999
  Confirmed ≥ 10,000
Disease COVID-19
Virus strain SARS-CoV-2
Location Laos
First outbreak Wuhan, China
Index case Vientiane
Arrival date24 March 2020
(1 year, 9 months, 2 weeks and 1 day)
Confirmed cases84,053 [1]
Active cases76,940
Recovered7,339 [2]
Deaths
224
Fatality rate0.27%
Government website
https://www.covid19.gov.la/index.php

The COVID-19 pandemic in Laos is part of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). On 24 March 2020, Laos became the last country in Southeast Asia to report its confirmed case of the virus. As of 21 August 2021, there were a total of 11,753 cases and 11 deaths. On 4 May, Laos exceeded 1,000 cases of COVID-19. Five days later, the country recorded the first death.

Contents

On 21 December 2021, Laos overtook China in terms of the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Background

On 12 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a novel coronavirus was the cause of a respiratory illness in a cluster of people in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, which was reported to the WHO on 31 December 2019. [3] [4]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003, [5] [6] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll. [7] [5]

Timeline

2020

March

On 13 March, provincial authorities closed some of border posts. [8]

On 24 March, Laos confirmed its first two COVID-19 cases, becoming the last Southeast Asian country infected with coronavirus. [9] [10]

On 26 March, the Vientiane Times confirmed the country's third COVID-19 case. [11]

On 27 March, there were six cases confirmed. Two more men from Luang Prabang, and one from Vientiane. [12]

On 28 March, there were 2 more confirmed, bringing a total to 8. [13]

On 30 March, there was 1 more confirmed, bringing everything to a total of 9. [14]

April

On 1 April, one more case was confirmed, bringing a total to 10. [15]

On 5 April 2020, the 11th case was reported as a 55-year-old man from Papua New Guinea. [16]

The government announced a lockdown on 29, March, starting on 30 March. All land borders closed and the last flights departed from Luang Prabang and Vientiane occurred on 1 April. [17]

May

By May 18, more restrictions had been loosened, allowing domestic travel, without foreign travellers allowed. [18]

June

On 2 June, students returned to classrooms. [19]

On 4 June, the government allowed foreign travellers into the country. [20]

July to December

On 25 July, one new case was confirmed. It was a South Korean national. [21]

2,621 people were isolated over concerns. [22]

2021

March

A second wave of vaccinations occurred. [23]

May

On the morning of 9 May, Laos recorded the first death due to COVID-19. The Embassy of Vietnam in Vientiane confirmed that was a Vietnamese woman died after one week of treatment. [24]

Statistics

COVID-19 pandemic in Laos (per WHO)
ProvinceConfirmedDeaths
Savannakhet 6,8658
Vientiane 6,2996
Champasak 5,0764
Khammouane 2,5031
Salavan 1,6531
Bokeo 1,0970
Luang Prabang 6130
Vientiane Province 3411
Bolikhamsai 1380
Luang Namtha 1030
Xaisomboun 820
Xayaboury 550
Oudomxay 380
Xiangkhouang 260
Attapeu 120
Sekong 80
Phongsaly 70

Confirmed new cases per day

Confirmed deaths per day

Confirmed cases March - July 2020

Details of the confirmed cases in Laos
CaseDateAgeGen⁠derNational⁠ityLocationTreatment facilityPrevious country been toStatusNoteSource
124 March 202028MaleFlag of Laos.svg  Laos Vientiane Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand Discharged
224 March 202036Female Vientiane NoTour guide
325 March 202026Male Vientiane EuropeClose contact with case 1
426 March 202042Male Luang Prabang NoDriver of same tour group as case 2.
526 March 202042Male Luang Prabang No
626 March 202041Male Vientiane NoIn patientClose contact with case 3
728 March 202050Female Luang Prabang NoIn patientWife of case 5
828 March 202018Male Vientiane NoIn patientClose contact with case 3
929 March 202022Female Vientiane Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand In patientVisited her relative in Bangkok
1025 March 202021Female Vientiane NoIn patientClose contact with case 8
115 April 202055MaleFlag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea Vientiane Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea In patientMining company employee
126 April 202020FemaleFlag of Laos.svg  Laos Vientiane Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom In patientBeen on the same flight as case 11 from Bangkok to Vientiane
137 April 202040Male Vientiane NoClose contact with case 11
147 April 202019Female Vientiane Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
158 April 202020Female Vientiane Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Close contact with case 12. Been on the same flight with cases 11 and 12.
1610 April 202023Female Vientiane NoClose contact with case 10.
1711 April 202032Female Vientiane NoIn patientClose contact with case 16.
1811 April 202032Female Vientiane NoIn patient
1912 April 202021Male Vientiane NoIn patient
2027 July 202032MaleFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Vientiane Flag of Japan.svg  Japan

Assistance

The Laotian Times says China sent medical experts, medical equipment and medicines, to help Laos fight COVID-19. [25]

On 27 March, Vietnam offers help by sending medical equipment worth US$ 100,000. [26]

In April 2021, the Vietnamese government decided to provide a financial aid of US$ 500,000 to fight against COVID disease, in addition to sending experts and supporting additional medical equipment for Laos. [27] On 4 May 2021, Vietnam's Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son and 32 experts departed for Laos to set up field hospitals, increase emergency resuscitation and strengthen testing capacity. [28]

Censorship

Some people have been arrested for allegedly spreading false information about the COVID-19 pandemic. [29]

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