Laos posts 285 new cases of Covid-19

) Laos has recorded 285 new cases of Covid-19 including 278 cases classified as imported infections and seven as local transmissions, a meeting was told today.

The local cases were reported in Bokeo 3, Champassak 2, Savannakhet 1, and Attapeu 1.

The imported infections included 97 cases reported in Savannakhet, 78 in Champassak, 60 in Khammuan, 30 in Vientiane, 12 in Saravan, one in Vientiane (province).

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country has reached 9,161 including 4,100 active cases and eight deaths.

Over 14,000 people are being quarantined at 100 quarantine centres and 48 hotels across the country, according to Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Disease Control, Ministry of Health, Sisavath Soutthanilaxay.

It is mandatory for now for individuals who have completed 14-day mandatory quarantine at central or provincial quarantine centres after entering the Lao PDR to continue to be quarantined at district or village quarantine centres for another 14 days so as to prevent major community outbreaks.

Authorities are hunting an infected woman escaping from a quarantine centre (Khammuan provincial stadium) in Khammuan last night. The woman, in her late 20s, was confirmed positive to Covid-19 on Aug 10.

“Now she is at large, therefore I would like to ask her to report to us to get medical treatment so that the virus will not infect her family, relatives and other people,” said Dr Sisavath Soutthanilaxay.

Source: Lao News Agency