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Over 1,000 new Covid-19 cases, three new deaths recorded nationwide

The past 24 hours witnessed 1,082 new daily cases of Covid-19 with the total caseload, accumulated since late March 2020, reaching 202,514 including 1,062 active cases and 730 deaths, according to the National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control.

The latest number of daily new cases of Covid-19 is the highest after days of Pi Mai celebration which fell on Apr 14-16.

The taskforce committee attributed the rebound in Covid-19 cases to festive activities during the Lao New Year celebration.

Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control, Ministry of Health Dr Sisavath Soutthanilaxay told a press conference this morning that the new confirmed cases were detected among 3,275 people tested for Covid-19 yesterday with 1,062 classified as local transmissions and 20 as imported cases.

Vientiane continued to lead provinces with high numbers of Covid-19 infections at 726, followed by Vientiane (province) 44, Luang Prabang 43, Savannakhet 38, Xayaboury 36 and Huaphan 33.

On Tuesday, some 169 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals nationwide.

Over 4.74 million people, representing 64.63% of population in the country, have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as of Apr 18, 2022, according to the Centre of Information and Education for Health, Ministry of Health.

Some 5.73 million people have been given at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

Source: Lao News Agency