2020 coronavirus pandemic in Laos

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Laos
DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationLaos
Index caseVientiane
Arrival date24 March 2020
(2 weeks and 1 day)
Confirmed cases15
Suspected cases432
Recovered0
Deaths
0
Suspected cases have not been confirmed as being due to this strain by laboratory tests, although some other strains may have been ruled out.

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached Laos in March 2020. Laos is seen to be more vulnerable to the outbreak due to its weak healthcare system.

Background[edit]

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.[1][2]

The case fatality ratio for COVID-19 has been much lower than SARS of 2003,[3][4] but the transmission has been significantly greater, with a significant total death toll.[5][3]

Timeline[edit]

March 2020[edit]

On 13 March provincial authorities closed some of border posts.[6]

On 24 March, Laos confirmed its first two COVID-19 cases, becoming the last Southeast Asian country infected with coronavirus.[7][8]

On 26 March, the Vientiane Times confirms third Covid-19 case.[9]

On 27 March, there were 6 cases confirmed. Two more men from Luang Prabang, and one from Vientiane.[10]

Confirmed Cases[edit]

Details of the confirmed cases in Laos

Case Date Age Gen⁠der National⁠ity Detection location Treatment facility Previous country been to Status Note Source
1 24 March 2020 36 Female  Laos Vientiane No In patient Tour guide
2 24 March 2020 26 Male Vientiane  Thailand In patient
3 25 March 2020 26 Male Vientiane Europe In patient Close contact with case 2
4 26 March 2020 42 Male Luang Prabang No In patient Close contact with case 1
5 26 March 2020 42 Male Luang Prabang No In patient Close contact with case 1
6 26 March 2020 41 Male Vientiane No In patient Close contact with case 3
7 28 March 2020 18 Male Vientiane No In patient Close contact with case 3
8 28 March 2020 50 Female Luang Prabang No In patient
9 29 March 2020 22 Female Vientiane  Thailand In patient Visited her relative in Bangkok
10 25 March 2020 21 Female Vientiane No In patient Close contact with case 8
11 5 April 2020 55 Male  Papua New Guinea Vientiane  Papua New Guinea In patient Mining company employee
12 6 April 2020 20 Female  Laos Vientiane  United Kingdom In patient Been on the same flight as case 11 from Bangkok to Vientiane
13 7 April 2020 40 Male Vientiane No In patient Close contact with case 11
14 7 April 2020 19 Female Vientiane  United Kingdom In patient
15 8 April 2020 20 Female Vientiane  United Kingdom In patient Close contact with case 12. Been on the same flight with cases 11 and 12.


Assists[edit]

The Laotian Times says China sent medical experts, medical equipment and medicines, to help Laos fight COVID-19.[11]

On 27 March, Vietnam offers help by sending medical equipment worth US$100,000.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elsevier. "Novel Coronavirus Information Center". Elsevier Connect. Archived from the original on 30 January 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  2. ^ Reynolds, Matt (4 March 2020). "What is coronavirus and how close is it to becoming a pandemic?". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Archived from the original on 5 March 2020. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Crunching the numbers for coronavirus". Imperial News. Archived from the original on 19 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  4. ^ "High consequence infectious diseases (HCID); Guidance and information about high consequence infectious diseases and their management in England". GOV.UK. Archived from the original on 3 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  5. ^ "World Federation Of Societies of Anaesthesiologists – Coronavirus". www.wfsahq.org. Archived from the original on 12 March 2020. Retrieved 15 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Laos Shutters Small Checkpoints on Borders With Vietnam, Cambodia, Citing Coronavirus Spread". Radio Free Asia. 16 March 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Laos records first two coronavirus cases - Thai Media". 24 March 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Laos Confirms First Covid-19 Cases". 24 March 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Laos confirms third Covid-19 case". 26 March 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Three More Covid-19 Cases Confirmed in Laos, Total Now at 6". 27 March 2020. Retrieved 27 March 2020.
  11. ^ "China Sends Medical Experts to Help Laos Fight COVID-19". 26 March 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Vietnam to provide Laos and Cambodia with medical equipment worth $100,000 each". 27 March 2020.