Lao morning news for March 31

Lao morning news for March 31

Lao PDR morning news

Laos Closes International Checkpoints, Suspends Passenger Transport to Prevent COVID-19 Spread
The Lao government said Sunday that all international checkpoints will be closed for passengers exiting and entering Laos. However, goods transport is still permitted.
— Fresh News

9th case confirmed
A 9th covid-19 case was confirmed this afternoon. The latest case was identified as a female beautician, 22, resident of Phonphanao village, Xaysettha district, Vientiane Capital.

Govt toughens virus prevention measures
The government yesterday announced to close all international checkpoints and prohibit public movement for non-essential activities for almost three weeks to control the coronavirus pandemic as fears of outbreak escalate.
— Vientiane Times

Chinese aid lands as Lao COVID-19 cases rise
A team of Chinese doctors and medical experts along with essential supplies have arrived in Vientiane to reinforce local authorities in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as the number of Lao cases rises.
— Vientiane Times

Deputy PM advises northern provinces on development, coronavirus
Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sonexay Siphandone visited Phongsaly and Luang Namtha provinces early last week to advise on development amidst the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Ministries partnering to support education during virus outbreak
The government has advised the Ministry of Education and Sports to partner with Ministry of Post and Telecommunications to consult on internet charges to support distance learning amid the coronavirus outbreak.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Vietnam to aid Laos in fight against Covid-19
The Vietnamese government has committed to stand side by side with the Lao government in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Vientiane Times

Special policy mulled for workers taking leave during virus outbreak
Authorities are considering a special policy to help workers impacted by the temporary shutdown of their workplaces, which is one of the measures to control the coronavirus outbreak.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Vientiane implements quarantine controls for illegal border crossings
Vientiane is employing quarantine restrictions on Lao people and foreigners who cross the border illegally between Laos and Thailand to thwart the spread of Covid-19.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Setthathirath Hospital vows to continue free treatment for poor
Setthathirath Hospital in Vientiane plans to continue its free treatment policy for low-income patients, despite struggling to finance the scheme, according to a senior health official.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Home delivery services take off as virus fears rise
Home delivery services in Vientiane have surged in popularity among consumers in recent weeks amid the Covid-19 outbreak and as social distancing becomes the new norm.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Students start online classes amid school closures
Students in Vientiane have begun online studies for key subjects after the government ordered all schools and tertiary institutions to close temporarily in an attempt to prevent a Covid-19 outbreak.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Almost 100 emergency phone poles rolled out in city
Authorities in Vientiane have completed installing almost 100 emergency phone poles along roads in the capital to facilitate speedy contacts between the people and police to report incidents such as accidents and crimes.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

20 houses destroyed by fire in Attapeu
Twenty wooden houses and eight rice houses in Dakyok village of Sanxay district of Attapeu province were destroyed by a fire last week, resulting in losses of more than 200 million kip.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

Xekong eyes tourism development to stimulate post-virus growth
Xekong provincial officials plan to develop tourist sites in each district to lure visitors back to Laos again after authorities control Covid-19 and normalise the situation. Deputy Head of Xekong provincial Information, Culture and Tourism Department, Mr Bounthong Sidonekhong told Vientiane Times on Friday that officials will develop the tourist sites and add more activities to stimulate economic growth as well as local jobs and income.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)

19 percent of Xaysomboun road upgrade completed
Authorities in Xaysomboun province are continuing work on a project to upgrade a key road in a city of Hom district, which was suspended in 2016 as its design and construction was not up to the mark.
— Vientiane Times (paywall)



Feature photo via Ambassador Deng Xijun

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