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Laos put brakes on all bus services, stations

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport has announced the suspension of all bus services and temporary closure of bus stations as a preventative measure against Covid-19 following the first confirmed cases in the country.
The ministry announced on March 30 the temporary nationwide cessation of bus travel from April 1-10. This includes the Southern and Northern Bus Stations in the capital and related passenger transport businesses working from these locations as well as services from the Central Bus Station (aka Morning Market/Khua Din Bus Station) operated by Vientiane Capital State Bus Enterprise.

The move comes after health official confirmed the first cases of Covid-19 in Vientiane on March 24. The number of infections had increased to nine as of Monday.
The government on March 29 announced the closure of all international checkpoints and prohibited public movement for non-essential activities for almost three weeks to control the coronavirus pandemic as fears of a major outbreak escalate.
All international checkpoints are closed for passengers exiting and entering, including to anyone previously granted permission, with the measures imposed from March 30 to April 19. Subsequent changes could be made in accordance with further announcements.
All local checkpoints had already been closed.
Referring to the Prime Minister’s order, a government spokesman warned distributors and merchants not to increase prices unreasonably, especially food and medical equipment used for virus prevention.

By Viengdavanh Banphahaksa
(Latest Update March 31, 2020)

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