Laos banned imports of seafood from Thailand after a new outbreak
The ban was enacted after Samut Sakhon district, Thailand, became the focus of a new COVID-19 outbreak, with more than 1,000 people positive for SARS-CoV-2.
On February 26, the Vietnam News Agency in Vientiane said Laos was temporary prohibiting import of seafood from Thailand after a new outbreak of COVID-19 in the kingdom.
The Vientiane Times reported that Lao health officials are concerned that seafood may be contaminated with the virus, so it has banned the import of fresh and frozen seafood from Thailand.
The above ban was issued after Thailand’s Samut Sakhon district became the focus of the wave outbreak of COVID-19 new, with more than 1,000 people tested positive after a shrimp wholesaler was found to be infected SARS-CoV-2 virus last week.
Lao businesses said the ban had direct impact on seafood importers in Laos.
Before the pandemic, this business had a strong growth due to the increasing popularity of seafood among the Lao people.
According to Vientiane Times, Lao officials are monitoring seafood importers in the capital Vientiane and other provinces, including Champassak province, and inspecting cargo containers.
According to a ban by the Lao Ministry of Industry and Trade, officials and local people must comply with this measure by not buying seafood from Thailand and not eating these products.
The provincial governments of Laos are also working with district officials monitoring of border gates Laos-Thailand aims to prevent Thai seafood products from entering Laos.
The newspaper said this is only a temporary measure and will be maintained until Lao and Thai officials take steps to ensure the safety of seafood imported from Thailand.
From January 2020 to December 23, 2020, Laos conducted a COVID-19 test for 82,824 people and detected 41 cases of this dangerous disease./.
Pham Kien-Thu Phuong