3 May 2021

Authorities mull policies to ease impacts of Covid-19 ## Lockdown travel curbs lead to sharp drop in traffic accidents



- Multiple billions donated for Covid-19 response
State and private sectors have donated more than 32.8 billion kip in cash and in kind recently to helped the government response to the recent Covid-19 outbreak.
On Friday, the Prime Minister’s Office received almost 6 billion kip, including 33 million kip donated by the Ministry of Technology and Communication, which also made available the LaoKYC application tracking system for use on mobile phones. .....More >>>

- Thai police return suspected virus spreader to Laos
Thai police on Friday returned a Lao woman who recently entered Thailand illegally in the company of two Thai men and later proved to be infected with Covid-19.
It is believed the woman is one of the superspreaders and should be responsible for triggering the first community outbreak of Covid-19 in Laos and police plan to initiate legal proceedings against her......More >>>

- Covid cases surge in Bokeo
Bokeo province was recorded the highest number of new Covid infections on Sunday, recording 60 new cases, with an outbreak in Tonpheung district infecting 57 people.
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- Authorities mull policies to ease impacts of Covid-19
A number of policies are being considered to mitigate the effects of the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak on the economy and people’s livelihoods.
The Ministry of Energy and Mines recently issued a notice in response to a proposal made by Electricite Du Laos (EDL) to cut electricity rates for household use by 3 percent.
The ministry said it did not object to the proposal so long as the proposed cuts were approved by the state enterprise’s executive council. . .....More >>>

- Government considers assistance for unemployed
Labour authorities around the country are looking at ways to assist people who are unemployed and those who are not members of the social security fund and do not qualify for social welfare.
Consideration is being given to the possibility of assistance for such individuals, so that they receive the same benefits as members of the social security fund.
The Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare has instructed its provincial departments to work with local authorities to provide detailed information about the number of people in need of assistance.....More >>>

- Lockdown travel curbs lead to sharp drop in traffic accidents
The ongoing lockdown in Vientiane has resulted in a significant drop in the number of traffic accidents as fewer people are on the roads due to the restrictions on travel.
Normally, at least 50 accidents are recorded on the capital’s roads each week, resulting in many fatalities.
Deputy Head of the Vientiane Traffic Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security, Lieutenant Colonel Sangkhom Phommalath, told Vientiane Times that since the lockdown began on April 22 only one accident had been recorded....More >>>

Schools ensure good hygiene in readiness for reopening
All centres of education in places at risk of Covid-19 infection are following orders to ensure their premises and equipment are sanitised in preparation for possible reopening on May 5.
The Ministry of Education and Sports has instructed school administrators to keep their premises clean to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection, according to the General Education Department.. ....More >>>

- US team arrives for further search for MIAs
The search for the remains of American servicemen missing in action (MIA) during the Indochina War is continuing with the arrival of a team of experts from the United States last week, who are in quarantine before beginning surveys.
A US military C-17 aircraft carrying the team and their equipment landed at Wattay International Airport on April 28 after the mission was approved by the National Taskforce on Covid-19 Prevention and Control last month.....More >>>






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