Lao People’s Democratic Republic
New Cases: 170
Total Cases: 15,459
The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control on Friday announced that one more person had died after contracting the virus, bringing the total number of deaths to 15.
The 45-year-old man lived in Namek village, Khongxedon district in Saravan province, and returned home from Thailand on August 14.
He was placed in a state quarantine centre where he initially tested negative for Covid-19, but died on the morning of September 3 after a second test produced a positive result.
The man was clinically obese but doctors were unsure if he had any underlying health conditions.
He was cremated at a Buddhist temple in Saravan in accordance with local traditions.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control, Ministry of Health, Dr Sisavath Soutthaniraxay, said the number of new cases remains high in Laos. Travel has again led to a steady increase in Covid-19 cases in the country.
On September 3, the Covid-19 taskforce confirmed 146 new cases of the virus across the country, most of which occurred in Champassak province, bringing the total number of cases to 15,605.
Of the new cases, 81 were locally-transmitted, with one reported in Vientiane, two in Vientiane province, six in Savannakhet, 54 in Champassak, six in Bokeo, three in Borikhamxay, two in Khammuan, one in Xayaboury, three in Luang Prabang, two in Oudomxay, and one in Xayasomboun.
The 54 cases reported in Champassak province involved the family and friends of people already infected in Pathoumphone district.
The single case recorded in Vientiane was traced to an individual employed by a transport company in Khamhoung village, Xaythany district.
Of the 65 imported cases, five were reported in Vientiane, 12 in Savannakhet province, 15 in Champassak province, 21 in Saravan province, one in Bokeo province, three in Borikhamxay province, seven Khammuan province, and one in Luang Prabang province.
By Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth
(Latest Update September 3, 2021)