VIENTIANE, Sept 24 (Vientiane Times/ANN): The number of new Covid-19 cases reported nationwide on Thursday night (Sept 23) reached 694, with Vientiane registering a record high of 563 locally-transmitted cases.
The new record in the capital came after an outbreak that originated at a garment factory in Nongtha Neua village, Chanthabouly district, spread beyond the factory.
The new cases reported nationwide included 28 imported cases and were identified out of 5,652 Covid tests carried out in the previous 24 hours.
This brings the total number of cases to date to 20,646, the Director General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control of the Ministry of Health, Dr Lattanaxay Phetsouvanh, told the daily news briefing on Thursday evening.
The new record of locally-transmitted cases in Vientiane was largely the result of outbreaks in garment factories which accounted for almost 90 percent of the cases in the capital, the director-general added.
As many as 371 employees at the Trio garment factory tested positive for Covid, while another 42 tested positive at the Venture factory. The other cases were among individuals who provided samples at various test centres.
The govt also announced that residents in the provinces can go to a provincial hospital or designated centre to get tested.
So far, 16 people have died from the virus and 4,861 people are currently under observation or receiving treatment in hospitals. - Vientiane Times/ANN