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Deputy PM advises Covid taskforce to tighten lockdown rules

The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control must intensify efforts to enforce the measures introduced by the government to prevent the spread of the virus, Deputy Prime Minister and taskforce Chairman, Prof. Dr Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune, has said.
Prof. Dr Kikeo, who chaired a recent Covid-19 consultation meeting, instructed those present to ensure that the rules laid down to contain the virus were complied with, and that careful consideration be given to the possibility of easing restrictions.

The taskforce must make sure that police and soldiers continue to monitor the entry and exit of people in virus outbreak areas, as well as educate the public about the dangers of Covid-19 and ways to prevent infection, he added.
All communities must share in the effort to slow the spread of the virus and people who break the rules must be held to account.
Village officials were instructed to monitor the movements of local residents, especially those living in villages designated as red and yellow zones where the virus risk is highest.
At the same time, the Health Department should oversee surveillance for the virus, diagnosis of Covid-19, the vaccination programme, and care for those infected with the virus, the Prime Minister said.
The Health Department must coordinate with Vientiane authorities and other authorities to trace those with whom infected people have come into contact. At-risk groups should also be monitored for the presence of the virus and the areas in which they live be closed off for 14 days, as stipulated in the regulations.
The Ministry of Health, Ministry of National Defence and the Ministry of Public Security were asked to partner with the Ministry of Finance to devise policies concerning medical staff, army personnel and the police in accordance with the regulations.
During the meeting, participants reported on the implementation of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 over the past seven days. They discussed additional measures that been introduced as well as the easing of certain restrictions and noted the results of their work and the challenges they faced.
They also made suggestions as to how to improve the rollout of the lockdown rules in order to achieve good results.
As of May 28, the total number of Covid cases recorded in Laos stood at 1,895, after 1,990 samples were tested for the virus on May 26.
Four of the new cases occurred in Vientiane, while Champassak recorded five imported cases, and Savannakhet recorded three imported cases.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update
May 31,



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