Laos record 889 cases on Monday (Dec 6) as country now is on alert for Omicron Covid-19 variant

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VIENTIANE, Dec 6: Laos has recorded 889 cases of Covid-19 across the country today, with three new deaths on Monday, reports Laotian Times.

The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control reported that 3,867 tests were conducted across the country over the last 24 hours, with 889 new cases confirmed.

All 889 cases were foound to be community infections spread across the country.

Laos now has 12,088 active cases of Covid-19, with 210 confirmed deaths, and 80,722 total cases.

Luang Prabang Province had the highest infection numbers with a total of 87 cases.

Meanwhile, 839 people recovered and were discharged from hospitals around the country yesterday.

First dose vaccinations have now reached 55.23% of the total population, while second dose vaccinations have reached 44.03%.

Meanwhile, the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control says the country is on high alert for the new Omicron variant.

The Taskforce said that the World Health Organisation (WHO) had warned countries of the new B1.1.529 variant of Covid-19, dubbed “Omicron,” which was first recorded in South Africa on 24 November.

According to a statement by the Taskforce, the new variant could be much more transmissible than previous variants of the virus.

The WHO says this variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning, while preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant. The number of cases of Omicron appears to be increasing in almost all provinces in South Africa.

The Laos Taskforce has urged residents to take extra precautions against Covid-19, saying that the variant could appear in the population at any time. It has also urged everyone to be vaccinated as soon as is possible.

Meanwhile, the Taskforce says it will begin testing to see which variants are present among Covid-19 patients in Laos.

The government and relevant authorities will hold a meeting to discuss the Omicron variant and decide if new measures should be implemented in response to the threat.
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