VIENTIANE, March 22: Schools have been closed and restaurants shuttered in some provinces across Laos as the Omicron outbreak worsens, reports Laotian Times.
Xayaboury’s Thongmixay District has issued a notice ordering the closure of schools across the district from 21 to 25 March.
Lao New Year celebrations have also been suspended in the district, while sporting competitions have been canceled.
In Savannakhet, authorities in Vilabouly District have ordered the closure of all pubs, bars, and entertainment venues, while weddings and funerals may not be held with more than 30 participants.
A mask mandate has also been instituted in the district, with those who fail to comply facing fines of LAK 10,000 per offense.
Meanwhile, ministries and government offices in captal Vientiane have begun issuing instructions for their employees to begin rotating shifts working from home.
Laos on Monday night (March 21) recorded 2,328 cases of Covid-19, the country’s highest number of daily Covid since the pandemic began.