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VIENTIANE UNDER LOCKDOWN WITH REPORTS OF THAI SOURCED INFECTIONS

VIENTIANE UNDER LOCKDOWN WITH REPORTS OF THAI SOURCED INFECTIONS
VIENTIANE UNDER LOCKDOWN WITH REPORTS OF THAI SOURCED INFECTIONS

Laos locked down its capital and closed its international borders to most traffic Thursday (22nd April) after identifying a COVID-19 cluster connected to Thailand.

Residents of the capital Vientiane are barred from leaving the city and outsiders must get permission to enter. Its international borders were closed except to trucks carrying goods and in cases allowed by the nation’s COVID-19 taskforce, state news agency KPL reported.

It said the lockdown order signed by Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh also prohibits all Vientiane residents from leaving their homes except for essential food shopping, hospital visits and other authorized tasks. The restrictions last until May 5.

The report said they were ordered after 28 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed Wednesday, bringing the country’s total to 88. The total population of Laos is about 7.5 million, including about 700,000 in Vientiane.

The government-owned Vientiane Times reported on its website that 26 of the 28 new cases are residents of the capital who had contact with a student at the National University of Laos who had caught the virus from a Thai man. It said the other two were workers who had returned from Thailand to the southern province of Champassak.

Vientiane was locked down April 1-19 last year after the country’s first nine COVID-19 cases were reported.

Under the new restrictions, all gatherings of more than 20 people, including wedding parties, cultural festivals and religious activities are prohibited, and entertainment venues, bars, massage parlors and gyms are closed.

Enterprises deemed essential and allowed to keep operating include hospitals, banks, supermarkets, restaurants and public utilities.

KPL reported that the Foreign Ministry has been instructed to help facilitate the exit of foreigners who wish to return to their home countries.

VIENTIANE UNDER LOCKDOWN WITH REPORTS OF THAI SOURCED INFECTIONS
VIENTIANE UNDER LOCKDOWN WITH REPORTS OF THAI SOURCED INFECTIONS
VIENTIANE UNDER LOCKDOWN WITH REPORTS OF THAI SOURCED INFECTIONS
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