Laos' daily Covid-19 infections surge to new high

People walk on a street in Lao capital Vientiane July 21, 2021. Lao government on Monday decided to extend the ongoing lockdown for another 15 days to help curb Covid-19 infections. - Xinhua

VIENTIANE, July 24 (Xinhua): Laos reported another record high of 278 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, surpassing the previous record of 256 cases registered on Thursday, according to the Lao Ministry of Health.

The National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control reported 278 new imported cases and no locally transmitted cases, Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control under the Lao Ministry of Health Phonepaserd Sayamoungkhoun told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Saturday.

Phonepaserd said that the imported cases were detected among returning workers from neighboring countries.

Among the imported cases, 198 were reported in Savannakhet province, 53 in Champasak, nine each in Saravan and Bolikhamxay, five in Khammuan, and four in Lao capital Vientiane.

As of Saturday, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Laos reached 4,620 with five deaths.

A total of 2,830 Covid-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.

Laos reported its first two confirmed Covid-19 cases on March 24 last year. - Xinhua

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