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Vaccination remains vital, says health official

Receiving all recommended doses of Covid-19 vaccine and a booster shot remains necessary to increase immunity against Covid-19 especially Omicron variant, said Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control, Ministry of Health, Dr Sisavath Soutthanilaxay.

At a press conference in Vientiane this morning, Dr Sisavath urged members of the public to continue practicing new normal lifestyles and take part in reducing Covid-19 infections by complying with anti-Covid-19 measures including getting vaccinated, washing hands with gels or soaps, avoiding crowded places and mass gatherings or organising risky activities.

Some 2,697 new Covid-19 cases and one fatality attributed to Covid-19 have been reported nationwide over the previous 24 hours with the total caseload reaching 174,136 including 6,548 active cases and 664 deaths.

Of the new infections, detected among 5,454 people tested for Covid-19 yesterday, 2,681 were classified as domestic infections and 16 as imported cases.

Most of the new infections were reported in Vientiane with 1,204 cases, followed by Khammuan 250, Savannakhet 228, Xayaboury 167, Oudomxay 148, Vientiane (province) 124, Phongsaly 81 and Borikhamxay 73.

As of Mar 30, over 5.6 million people, accounting for 76.40% of population in the country, have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to the Centre of Information and Education for Health, Ministry of Health.

Meanwhile, the number of people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 has reached over 4.47 million, representing 60.99% of the population.

Source: Lao News Agency