Laos: Govt continues to take precautions against Covid-19 and dengue


  • Laos
  • Saturday, 01 Aug 2020

VIENTIANE, Aug 1 (Xinhua): Laos Prime Minister's Office has released a notice urging everyone to continue to take precautions against the Covid-19 pandemic and dengue fever even as many lockdown measures were lifted.

Under the notice, which will be in effect from Saturday to August 31, authorities and people countrywide must remain vigilant and continue to abide by measures determined by the National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control.

To ensure that the government is able to prevent a second wave of the coronavirus, authorities have decided to keep entertainment venues such as karaoke bars closed.

The country now has been hit with confirmed cases of dengue fever, with most of the cases occurring in capital Vientiane.

Close to 4,000 people has been diagnosed with dengue fever and nine deaths were recorded, Laos Ministry of Health said in its press release recently.

The highest number of dengue patients were reported in the Laos capital Vientiane city with 870, while 489 cases were reported in Bolikhamxay province, and 427 cases were reported in Vientiane province.

The nine deaths included four in Vientiane, two in Bolikhamxay, and one each in Khammuan, Xayaboury and Xieng Khuang province.

Laos health authorities urged people to clear potential mosquito breeding sites around their homes and workplaces to help control the spread of dengue fever.

According to the World Health Organisation, dengue fever is one of the fastest emerging infections and currently the most rapidly spreading viral disease known, with Thailand, Laos, The Philippines and Singapore also seeing high incidences. - Xinhua
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