Laos to Prosecute Thai Covid Patient After Discharge from Hospital

Thai National Case 50 to be prosecuted (Photo: Vientiane Live)

Authorities in Laos will pursue legal action against a Thai national for illegally crossing the Mekong River into Laos after he is discharged from hospital.

According to a report by Lao Phattana News, a Thai national who became the country’s 50th case of Covid-19, and who illegally entered the territory of Laos, will be formally charged with illegally entering the country after completing two weeks of quarantine.

Head of the Vientiane Capital Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, Lieutenant Colonel Vilaphon Phayboune, says the Thai businessman, known as Case 50, tested negative for the virus on 28 April.

“The man has been placed in a 14-day quarantine to track his symptoms, but remains under surveillance,” said Lieutenant Colonel Vilaphon Phayboune.

Case 50
A Thai national who entered Laos illegally, known as Case 50.

“After being discharged from the hospital, Case 50 will face legal action for unlawfully entering Laos,” Lieutenant Colonel Vilaphon Phayboune added.

The 41-year-old Thai national was confirmed as the 50th case of Covid-19 in Laos last month just a few days before Lao New Year celebrations began.

He had been living at and operating an internet cafe in Phontong Village, Chanthabouly District, Vientiane Capital.

Before being tested for Covid-19, the man claimed that he had had contact with over ten people before admitting to police that he had illegally entered the country by crossing the Mekong River by boat.