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Have the virus prevention rules been effective?

Although there has been a drop in the number of Covid cases, the government has extended the lockdown until June 19, with restrictions to continue in areas of infection known as red zones, while some virus control measures have been eased. Vientiane Times asked around for opinions on the effectiveness of control measures.


Mr Lae Luangxay, an official in Xaysettha district, Vientiane:  I’m glad that we have such good leadership. Because of the hard work done by the government, and everyone working together, we have been able to bring the virus outbreak under control. During these difficult times, unless there is full community support and unity, it will be hard to overcome the situation. I urge everyone to do their best to follow all the rules laid down by the government to fight the virus. In addition, the public should encourage those who are working hard to manage the outbreak, such as doctors and volunteers. Our encouragement will give them more strength.
Mr Bounmy Bounphithilad, a resident of Luang Prabang province: I would like to give a million thanks to medical staff and others who are working to contain the virus, because they are working every day while many other people are staying at home and not working. We can live with our families and be happy. But they have to continue to work without being scared, even though they face many dangers and difficulties. If we didn’t have good leaders and excellent teams working on our behalf, I don’t know how we would survive. So everyone should do their best to obey orders and advice so that their efforts are successful.

Mr Sonephet Kittikhammoun, an official in Sisattanak district, Vientiane: Our leaders and everyone else involved have been working to combat the virus and some even work on weekends, so I thank them for their selflessness. I hope that they and their families are happy and healthy and that they are successful in their efforts to stop the spread of Covid. I would also like to tell the authorities not to give up the fight against the virus until Laos and the world are rid of it. Because of their selflessness and determination, the number of infections is now falling. I will continue to encourage all those working to suppress the virus and will comply with all the measures that support their work.
Mr Maikeo Lorvanheung, an official in Xaysomboun province: I have persuaded my family and friends to obey all the orders and advice given by the government. This will help the work being done by the authorities. I would like to thank all those spearheading the fight against the virus and everyone taking part in efforts to prevent the spread of Covid. I’ve donated some money to support this work and I think everyone should do all they can to make sure the virus outbreak soon comes to an end.
Ms Tay Chanthavong, a resident of Phongsaly province: I don’t know how to thank everyone. As we know, many people are working to protect Lao people from the virus. They have a lot of spirit and have made many sacrifices during the course of their work. They are good teams and have a strong sense of responsibility and because of their hard work we have been able to bring the virus outbreak under control. Laos has been very lucky compared to other countries, but we should continue to be on our guard and stay at home as much as possible until the government ends the lockdown.



By Lamphone Pasanthong
(Latest Update June 8, 2021)

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