Laos closes special economic zone in Luang Namtha to prevent COVID-19 hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source:  tapchilaoviet.org)

Vientiane (VNA) – The Lao National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control announced the lockdown of a special economic zone in the northern province of Luang Namtha and testing on all suspects of SARS-CoV-2 infection from December 5.

The order was released after two Chinese illegal immigrants were tested positive to COVID-19. They entered Laos from Myanmar by waterway through Tonpheung district of Bokeo province in late November. The duo was then arrested by Chinese police while trying to return to China through the border in Boten special economic zone.

The Lao National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control ordered the closure of the entire Tonpheung district and Boten special economic zone in Luang Namtha in 14 days.

The committee also asked for the strict implementation of COVID-19 prevention measures, and the testing of COVID-19 on all people showing COVID-19 symptoms or getting a fever.

At the same time, authorities of Bokeo and Luang Namtha provinces were requested to trace the movements of seven people having close contacts with the Chinese men.

As of December 5, Laos had reported 39 COVID-19 cases, including 13 patients being treated at Mittaphab hospital in Vientiane./.

VNA