COVID-19 cases rise to 2,630 in Laos

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VIENTIANE, July 10 (Xinhua) — Lao Ministry of Health Saturday reported 93 new cases of COVID-19, raising the total in the country to 2,630.

Director-General of the Department of Communicable Disease Control under the Lao Ministry of Health Rattanaxay Phetsouvanh told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Saturday that the country reported 91 new imported COVID-19 cases and two new locally transmitted cases over the last 24 hours.

Among the imported cases, 45 cases were reported in Savannakhet province, 43 cases in Champasak, two in Bokeo, and one in Khammuan province.

The Lao government has instructed local authorities to carefully monitor borders to prevent the illegal entry of Lao laborers returning from neighboring countries.

The National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control said it was monitoring 4,979 people at 49 accommodation centers across the country.

The Lao government has advised people and relevant authorities not to neglect containment and preventive measures.

As of Saturday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Laos stood at 2,630 with three deaths.

A total of 2,174 COVID-19 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals.

Laos reported its first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 on March 24 last year.