Vietnamese, Laos leaders hold talks on Covid-19 fight, ties

  • Vietnam
  • Monday, 06 Jul 2020

Delivery riders sitting beside their motorcycles in front of a shop, closed due to the COovid-19 novel coronavirus situation, in Hanoi. Hovever, Vietnam has recorded no local transmission for 81 straight days.- AFP

HANOI, July 6 (Xinhua): Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc held talks here with his Laos counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith, who is paying a two-day visit to the country, discussing Covid-19 fighting experiences and measures to strengthen bilateral ties, according to the Vietnamese government's official website.

This is the first visit by a foreign high-ranking leader to Vietnam since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, taking place after the two countries have initially controlled the disease, said a report published on the government website on Monday.

During their talks held on Sunday, the two leaders shared information and experience in the pandemic fight and discussed measures to intensify bilateral cooperation.

Both Laos and Vietnam, thus far, have done well in the fight against the pandemic.

Vietnam reported no new cases of Covid-19 infection on Sunday, with its total confirmed cases remaining at 355 with zero deaths so far, according to the Ministry of Health.

As many as 340 patients in the country have totally recovered from the disease, the ministry said.

Vietnam has recorded no local transmission for 81 straight days, while there are nearly 11,500 people being quarantined and monitored in the country, according to a report by Vietnam News Agency.

Meanwhile, Laos Ministry of Health reported no new cases of Covid-19 for 83 consecutive days.

Sisavath Soutthaniraxay, deputy director general of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control under Lao Ministry of Health, told a press conference here Thursday that no new case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Laos for 83 consecutive days.

However, authorities and people countrywide must continue their efforts in implementing preventive measures.

It was essential that every person and all relevant authorities strictly abide by the "new normal" guidelines and rules laid down by the government, Sisavath said. - Xinhua

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