Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/LAOS – Zero deaths from Covid-19, but a negative impact on economy and tourism
Vientiane – In the small and isolated Laos, a country with seven million inhabitants in the northern heart of Southeast Asia and with a socialist type government, with a single party in power, coronavirus numbers are so low as to arouse amazement: on May 27 only 19 people Covid-19 cases were registered and zero reported deaths. Meanwhile, two of the five patients with Covid-19 at the Mittaphab hospital in Vientiane were negative to the test and, if negative for the second time, they will be able to return home. The “primacy” of Laos, shared in Asia only with East Timor, Turkmenistan, Cambodia and Vietnam is being observed despite the geographical proximity to China and the huge coming and going of Chinese labor in Laos: thousands of Chinese workers are busy building the high-speed rail linking the South of the People’s Republic to Singapore. The journey, which takes days today, can be carried out in a few hours within a few years.