Laos, Thailand increase measures against COVID-19 hinh anh 1A health worker checks a woman's temperature in Bangkok, Thailand (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Lao Health Ministry said at a press conference on April 27 that the country has not recorded any more cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, marking the 15th consecutive day in a row the country has seen no new COVID-19 cases.

As of April 26, Laos had tested 1,777 suspected cases with 19 positive for the novel corovirus (SARS-CoV-2). Of the patients, seven have been discharged from hospital.

Amid the complex developments of the pandemic in the region and the world, the Lao government has increased measures against the disease. Accordingly, citizens of countries, including Laotians, when entering the country, will be screened and tested immediately. If anyone tests positive for SARS-CoV-2, he/she must be sent to hospital for treatment. In case of negative results, the entrants will have to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine period and foreigners must pay all expenses themselves.

Meanwhile, in Thailand, local authorities continue to extend the measures imposed to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, although the number of new infections is on the decline.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) on April 27 decided to extend a ban on all incoming international passenger flights until May 31.

Earlier on the same day, the government's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) recommended extending emergency powers and a nationwide night time curfew for another month due to concerns over the possible second wave of outbreaks.

It also recommended continuing restrictions on travel between provinces and large scale public activities, extending a work from home policy and delaying four public holidays in May.

The new measures are to be submited to the Cabinet for approval on April 28.

Thailand on April 27 reported nine new COVID-19 cases and no new local transmission in Bangkok for the first time since the outbreak began in January. /.