Laos govt calls for vigilance as local Covid-19 cases continue to soar

VIENTIANE, Sept. 28 (Xinhua): The Lao Ministry of Health on Tuesday called for continued vigilance as local cases of Covid-19 continued to increase and spread across multiple provinces in Laos.

Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control under the Lao Ministry of Health Sisavath Soutthaniraxay told a press conference here that all the people in the country must continue to fully comply with government guidelines against Covid-19 in order to curb the spread of the virus.

Sisavath said that 5,911 tests were conducted across the country over the past 24 hours, with 500 cases confirmed.

He added that there were 471 cases of community spread and 29 imported ones across the country.

Among the community cases, 363 were reported in the Lao capital Vientiane and the rest logged in other provinces.

Meanwhile, 29 imported cases were recorded, with 20 in Savannakhet province, six in Vientiane, and three in Champasak province.

As of Tuesday, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Laos has reached 22,941 with 16 deaths.

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

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