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Laos’ COVID-19 daily cases exceed 1,000 for 1st time since January

VIENTIANE (XINHUA) – Laos registered 1,508 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, exceeding the 1,000 mark for the first time since January 19, bringing the national tally to 150,639.

Deputy Director General Latsamy Vongkhamsao of the Department of Communicable Disease Control under the Lao Ministry of Health, told a press conference in the Lao capital Vientiane yesterday that Laos has logged a total of 1,508 new cases over the past 24 hours including 1,481 local transmissions.

Among the newly recorded community cases, 895 were detected in the Lao capital Vientiane, she said.

Meanwhile, 27 imported cases were recorded, with nine in Savannakhet and Champasak, seven in Vientiane, and two in Bolikhamxay province.

Latsamy added that it is essential for everyone to strictly comply with COVID-19 measures, and vaccination is strongly advised to reduce the infection rate and bring the virus spread under control.

As of yesterday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Laos reached 150,639 with 645 deaths.

Laos reported its first two confirmed COVID-19 cases on March 24, 2020.

A health worker carries out disinfection in downtown Vientiane, Laos. PHOTO: XINHUA