The government has extended Covid-19 measures for another 15 days until Oct 30 as the virus outbreak escalates.
The Prime Minister’s Office on Friday issued a notice ordering the extension.
Addressing a media briefing, Vice Chairman of the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, Thipphakone Chanthavongsa, said the spiralling number of cases justified the extension.
Over the past two weeks, the number of locally-transmitted cases has risen by 98.5%.
The government called on people from all walks of life to strictly comply with the measures and warned that anyone breaching the rules would be penalised in line with the regulations.
Fact-finding officials at all levels were told to continue carrying out investigations into the origins of and reasons for new cases in each locality and to identify the individuals and entities responsible.
The government has told authorities in charge to accelerate the vaccination programme so that people can be immunised against the virus. — Vientiane Times/ANN