The government of Laos has declared victory over Covid-19 following the discharge of all 19 confirmed cases from hospital, with no new cases for 59 days.
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith announced at a press conference yesterday that Laos had “gained an important victory in the first campaign against this vicious enemy,” saying that it was a significant advance in the battle against Covid-19.
The last patient in Laos to recover from Covid-19 was released from hospital on Tuesday.
PM Thongloun referred to the disease as a “terrible enemy” that had spread to almost every country in the world, infecting over seven million people and causing the deaths of over 400,000 in nations both large and small.
He praised the actions of all people and cooperation from all sectors in their contributions to this achievement, citing early defense measures such as social distancing, border closures, and lockdown as vital factors in the country’s victory over the virus.
The prime minister also said that the country’s leadership, and the National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, had provided unwavering guidance in the fight against the coronavirus.