President extends New Year wishes
President Bounnhang Vorachit has extended best wishes to Lao citizens and people of Lao origin living abroad and foreigners residing and working in the Lao PDR on the occasion of Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year 2563 B.E).
One Covid-19 patient recovers, no new cases reported
A patient who contracted Covid-19 and has been undergoing treatment in hospital has tested negative for the first time, and no new infections have been reported, authorities announced today.
— Vientiane Times
Phongsavanh Foundation assists 103 Hospital to fight Covid-19
The Phongsavanh Foundation has donated medical supplies and consumer products worth about 66.56 million kip to 103 Hospital to help in the fight against Covid-19.
— Vientiane Times
Spotlight: Good-neighborly bond highlighted in China-ASEAN joint fight against COVID-19
Cambodia’s medical student Sok Sambo volunteered to work as an interpreter for the Chinese COVID-19 medical team in Cambodia without hesitation, though he knew the job had high risks.
— China Org
Government Imposes Temporary Ban On Sale of Alcoholic Beverages During Pi Mai
The Lao government has just ordered the temporary nationwide ban on the sale and distribution of all alcoholic beverages in Laos.
— The Laotian Times
President says proud of Lao achievements in New Year message
President Bounnhang Vorachit on Monday wished Lao people of all ethnicities, Lao expatriates living abroad, and foreigners living and working in Laos a happy and enjoyable Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year).
— The Star
Is It Permissible to Have Recreational Gatherings of Under 10 People?
The PM’s Order has strictly forbidden gatherings of over 10 people, except in the case of funeral-related events.
— The Laotian Times
Meeting takes stock of efforts to limit spread of Covid-19
Senior officials leading efforts to curb the Covid-19 outbreak met on Monday to review the measures in place to prevent the spread of the disease in Laos and called for the public’s cooperation.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)
Lao taskforce urges public to avoid parties
THE National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control urged members of the public to avoid parties during the Lao New Year break as this could lead to a rapid increase in virus cases.
— The Star
Chinese dams held back Mekong waters during drought, study finds
China’s Mekong River dams held back large amounts of water during a damaging drought in downstream countries last year despite China having higher-than-average water levels upstream, a U.S. research company said in a study.
Vietnam, Laos Arrest Facebookers on COVID-19-Related Charges
Authorities in Vietnam and Laos have arrested several Facebook users on charges related to the coronavirus, with Hanoi punishing posts that challenge official reporting on the pandemic and Vientiane acting against a lockdown violation streamed live.
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Feature photo Lao Red Cross National Blood Transfusion Centre
This week’s Lao morning news feature photo focuses on COVID-19 in Asean.
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