Luang Prabang reports highest number of new Covid cases

Luang Prabang reported the highest number of new cases at 229. - File Photo Patithin.

VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/Asia News Network): The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control on Monday (Oct 25) announced 615 new cases of the virus, of which 612 were locally transmitted and three were identified among people entering Laos.

Luang Prabang reported the highest number of new cases at 229, while another person reportedly died from the virus. The deceased was a 75-year-old woman from Keooudom district in Vientiane province, who died on Oct 24 at a hospital in Phonhong district. She had not been vaccinated against Covid and suffered from diabetes and hypertension. The deaths of the woman raise the total number of Covid-related fatalities to 53.

Vientiane reported the second highest number of cases with 114, followed by Vientiane province with 98, Bokeo province 48, Khammuan 48, Luang Namtha 26, Xaysomboun 18, Champassak 12, Borikhamxay 14, Saravan 2 and Savannakhet 3.

The new cases bring the total number to date to 36,248. Some 381 people were discharged from hospitals and treatment centres on Monday and will self-isolate for the next 14 days.

The taskforce said 77.65 per cent of all Covid patients have recovered from the illness.

As of Oct 23, 43.55 per cent of the population had received one dose of a Covid vaccine, while 37.24 per cent had been fully vaccinated. To reduce the risk of infection, health authorities urge everyone to get fully vaccinated.

It is possible to become infected after being vaccinated, but the vaccine reduces the severity of illness and, as more people are vaccinated, the chance of infection and illness is further reduced.

In the provinces, people can get vaccinations at provincial hospitals and mobile units specially set up for this service.

Several provinces, particularly Xekong, Bokeo and Luang Namtha provinces are strengthening virus control measures and maintaining lockdowns in a bid to slow the spread of Covid-19.

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