Laos reports no case of COVID-19 hinh anh 1Lao Foreign Minister Saleumsay Kommasith (L) at the the press conference (Photo:VNA)

Vientiane (VNA) – Laos has not recorded any case testing positive for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, Lao Foreign Minister Saleumsay Kommasith said at a press conference on March 19 in Vientiane.

The minister said all suspected cases of COVID-19 in Laos have been tested and confirmed negative for the virus.

He announced that Laos has raised the warning for the COVID-19 epidemic to the highest level on the same day.

According to the minister, schools at all grades in Laos will be closed for one month, while the issuance of visas for international visitors will be suspended for 30 days as from March 20.

Laos also halted visa exemption for citizens from all countries, except those holding diplomatic and official passports.

The country will also close all secondary border gates with countries that share borderline with it, and consider closing international border gates in case of necessity, he affirmed./.