Laos records 440 new cases, the highest daily infection

Laos has recorded the highest ever daily increase of Covid-19 infections at 440 including 75 local trasmisions. The community transmissions were reported in Savannakhet (58), Bokeo 13, Luang Namtha three and Xekong one.

Of the 365 imported cases, 114 were detected in Champassak, 101 in Vientiane, 77 in Savannakhet, 45 in Khammuan, 23 in Saravan, 4 in Xayaboury and one in Luang Prabang.

The government announced this week the extension of lockdown measures for 15 more days after learning that the imported cases of Covid-19 has increased significantly from last month with local transmissions detected in Vientiane and several provinces.

The government has urged relevant authorities to increase Covid-19 vaccination, build more quarantine and treatment facilities especially in the provinces with a large number of workers returning from neighbouring countries.

Bars, karaoke cafes, entertainment venues, cinemas, snooker shops, spas, internet cafés and games shops will remain closed over the next two weeks – Aug 19-Sep 2, 2021.

Contact sports including football, boxing are banned in provinces and areas with community infections. Travel to and from red zone areas is prohibited except with permission from relevant authorities. Festive gatherings and celebrations are banned.

Source: Lao News Agency