Provinces increase efforts to slow outbreak

AUTHORITIES in several provinces of Laos have ordered the continuation of lockdowns and travel bans in an attempt to slow rising infections.

In central Khammuan province, a lockdown is in place until Nov 8.

Anyone needing to enter the province for essential reasons must first get permission from provincial authorities, local daily Vientiane Times reported yesterday.

They must also have had two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine as well as a certificate proving they are Covid-19-negative following a test done in the past 72 hours.

Khammuan residents wishing to travel outside the province must get permission from authorities.

In Bokeo province, travel between districts is banned until Nov 8 and markets have been temporarily closed.

Food deliveries may continue but all the food must come from restaurants in green zones, and payments must be made with a bank card.

In Bolikhamxay province, authorities have ordered a lockdown until Nov 2.

In Vientiane, a lockdown is in force until Nov 7 and travel within the province banned. Anyone entering Vientiane province must spend 14 days in quarantine. — Xinhua

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