Community cases of COVID-19 in Laos continue to rise

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VIENTIANE, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Local cases of COVID-19 continued to increase and spread across multiple provinces in Laos, with 64 new infections reported on Saturday.

Director General of the Department of Communicable Disease Control under the Lao Ministry of Health Rattanaxay Phetsouvanh told a press conference in the Lao capital Vientiane on Saturday that 156 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one new death from the pandemic were recorded over the past 24 hours, bringing the total tally to 15,761 cases with 16 deaths.

A total of 64 community cases were newly recorded, with 25 detected in Khammuan province, 20 in Champasak, six each in Savannakhet and the capital Vientiane, five in Luang Prabang, and two in Bokeo province.

Meanwhile, 92 imported cases were recorded, with 46 in Saravan province, 17 in Savannakhet, 12 in Champasak, seven each in Luang Prabang and the capital Vientiane, two in Khammuan, and one in Xayaboury.

The new death involved a 31-year-old man living in Savannakhet province.

As of Saturday, a total of 10,177 COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals across the southeast Asian country.

Laos reported its first two confirmed COVID-19 cases on March 24 last year. Enditem

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