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Laos confirms 1st Omicron community case

VIENTIANE (XINHUA) – Laos has confirmed a total of 27 cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, including the first local transmission and 26 imported cases, since the beginning of 2022, the National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control said yesterday.

Deputy Director-General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control under the Laos Ministry of Health Sisavath Soutthaniraxay told reporters that 26 cases of the Omicron variant were detected among arrivals from abroad, while the first local transmission was found in Bolikhamxay province. A 60-year-old woman tested positive for the virus at a provincial hospital where her results showed the presence of the Omicron strain. She did not have a travel history, and health officials are currently undertaking contact tracing procedures.

Sisavath said that although the number of daily cases and deaths was trending downward, people must remain vigilant and continue to take precautions.

COVID-19 prevention measures remain in place in Laos, and residents are expected to continue wearing a face mask, using hand soap, and practicing social distancing.