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Laos conducts over 80,000 COVID-19 tests

03 Dec 2020, 18:44 GMT+10

VIENTIANE, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Laos has conducted 80,188 COVID-19 tests, with 39 positive cases, according to the Lao Ministry of Health on Thursday.

Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control under Lao Ministry of Health, Sisavath Soutthaniraxay, told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane that Laos has been carrying out tests every day for COVID-19 since January, with the total number of tests reaching 80,188.

Among the people tested, 39 were tested positive and 26 of the patients have been discharged from hospitals after treatment.

Another 13 infected cases are treated in designated hospitals, Mittaphab Hospital (Hospital 150) in Lao capital Vientiane.

Authorities and people countrywide must continue implementing preventive measures, said Sisavath.

It was essential that every person and all relevant authorities strictly abided by the new normal guidelines and rules set by the Lao government, he added.

Laos announced its first two COVID-19 confirmed cases on March 24.

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