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  1. The use of fast Covid-19 tests, which were previously restricted in Laos, is now permitted. Dr. Phonepadith Sangxayalath, Director General of the Ministry of Health's National Centre for Laboratory and Epidemiology, made the comment during a National Taskforce announcement today. Many countries throughout the world have approved the use of quick tests, according to Dr. Phonepadith, but Laos has yet to do so due to many known restrictions. However, the enormous number of cases now being reported in Laos has put a strain on laboratory employees, thus a strategy fo
  2. Today, large caseloads of Covid-19 were confirmed across Laos, including in the country's capital. Over the last 24 hours, 5,965 tests were completed around the country, with 434 instances verified, according to the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control. There were 406 confirmed cases of community distributed over the country, with 229 reported in Vientiane Capital. Three cases in Savannakhet, 28 in Champasack, three in Salavanh, six in Bokeo, 69 in Khammouane, 12 in Luang Prabang, four in Attapeu, one in Oudomxay, and two in Luang Namtha were verified
  3. Travel agents, tourism experts, airport operators, and airlines have all stated that they are prepared to safely and efficiently handle an inflow of international visitors. All they need is for the Cambodian government to set a date for the reopening. Industry representatives applauded Prime Minister Hun Sen's remarks last week that Cambodia should consider a seven-day quarantine for fully-vaccinated visitors, or even a "sandbox" where they may leave their hotels and visit surrounding attractions during their first week in Cambodia. While rumors of a November opening ha
  4. Cambodia's new COVID daily cases soared to their highest level since July 25th, when Prime Minister Hun Sen abruptly banned Pchum Ben rituals around the country to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Following a series of COVID outbreaks in Phnom Penh pagodas, the PM expressed concern about a likely surge in COVID-19 infections following the Pchum Ben festival. The official daily new COVID case total for today was 822, increasing the overall number of COVID cases to 107,441. With 18,433 instances being imported, the total number of Community Cases is now 89,008.
  5. As part of Russia's humanitarian support, Laos has received 30,000 doses of the Sputnik Light Covid vaccination. According to the Russian Emergencies Ministry's press department, a Russian jet delivered 30,000 doses of the Sputnik Light vaccine to Laos yesterday. “On September 22, a special airplane of the Russian Emergencies Ministry delivered approximately 30,000 doses of Sputnik Light vaccine kits to the people of Laos as humanitarian aid,” the press service said. The Russian government offered aid in response to a request from the Laotian government.
  6. As the Covid-19 outbreak that started in a textile industry spreads, Laos has set a new record for the number of cases. Over the last 24 hours, 5,652 tests were completed around the country, with 694 cases found, according to the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control. There have been 666 verified cases of community spread around the country, with 563 reported in Vientiane Capital. Ten cases were verified in Savannakhet, 46 in Champasack, one in Salavanh, five in Bolikhamxay, 25 in Khammouane, five in Luang Prabang, five in Luang Namtha, and two in Xieng
  7. The Phnom Penh Capital Administration announced Monday that administrative measures will be maintained and that ‘high-risk' activities in Phnom Penh will be suspended for another 14 days. The following activities, jobs, or enterprises that are at high risk of developing COVID-19 have been suspended by City Hall: Institutions of higher learning, both public and private, that have not yet been granted permission to reopen. All alcohol-related meetings are prohibited. All kinds of club business, such as karaoke, bar, discos, beer garden and casinos
  8. Directors of the Department of Tourism have claimed that people who do not have a vaccination card are compelled to do a short test in some regions, and if they refuse, they will not be allowed to eat or stay. There is an additional incentive for individuals who have been vaccinated in the form of a 5% or 10% discount for those who have been vaccinated. The information came from a Department of Tourism video meeting held yesterday. Minister of Tourism Thong Khon stated that nearly all tourism workers in the country had been inoculated against the COVID-19 virus.
  9. The official daily new COVID case total for today was 638, increasing the overall number of COVID cases to 106,619 cases. There are presently 88,292 Community Instances, with 18,327 cases being imported. Unfortunately, the government's refusal to release any provincial data has made it difficult to determine the exact extent of COVID in Cambodia. Certainly, there appears to be an upward tendency in The Kingdom, as shown in the graph below (please notice that results are two days behind): As shown in the chart below, these moves are in part due to the
  10. Dr. Bounfeng Phoummalaysith, the Lao Minister of Health, said health officials hope to vaccinate youngsters aged 12 to 17 years in the near future in order to reopen schools. He made the remarks during a press conference held yesterday by the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control. Since the new wave of Covid-19 began, schools across Vientiane and a number of provinces have been closed, with pupils studying remotely or online. However, authorities have acknowledged that many kids have difficulty accessing or utilising online learning resource
  11. Residents in Vientiane Capital have expressed unhappiness with some of the limitations imposed as part of the sudden shutdown that began on Sunday. Residents of Vientiane Capital are barred from leaving their houses or going within the city save for critical duties such as shopping for food, obtaining medicine, or visiting hospitals under the new lockdown, which will last until September 30. After many citizens failed to stay at home, police strengthened checkpoints in Vientiane Capital yesterday to reduce traffic in the city. Meanwhile, the Department of Indust
  12. As the nation's capital enters its fourth day of lockdown, Laos has confirmed 222 new cases of Covid-19. Today, 210 community spread cases were confirmed across the country, including 75 in Vientiane Capital, 44 in Vientiane Province, four in Savannakhet, 23 in Champasack, two in Bokeo, one in Bolikhamxay, 35 in Khammouane, 14 in Luang Prabang, one in Attapeu, three in Luang Namtha, and eight new cases in Xieng Khouang. Thirty-three instances were confirmed in Sikhottabong District, seven cases in Chanthabouly District, five cases in Naxaythong District, and three cases in
  13. After asking for aid on TikTok, a Cambodian woman gained the attention of the Cambodian government and was rescued. The Cambodian woman was rescued from China after four years of maltreatment by her Chinese husband, during which time she was forbidden from contacting her relatives. She called for help from the Prime Minister via the popular app TikTok, unable to take the load and agony. “Please Samdech Hun Sen, assist me return to Cambodia,” she begged in the TikTok video. The Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chinese authorities intervened to help after her app
  14. Thong Khon, Cambodia's Minister of Tourism, has urged Sky Angkor Airlines to prepare to restore tourist-passenger flights as soon as the Royal Government of Cambodia is ready to reopen "safe" international tourism. On September 21, 2021, the Minister of Tourism presented his statements during a meeting with Sky Angkor Airlines. “In the near future, the Royal Government of Cambodia has been planning to reopen international tourists (vaccinated tourists) in compliance with the safety tourism mechanism,” the Minister said. Prime Minister Hun Sen will officially pro
  15. The number of active COVID cases in Cambodia has surpassed 5,000. The official daily new COVID case total for today was 637, increasing the overall number of COVID cases to 105,981. With 18,214 instances being imported, the total number of Community Cases is now 87,767. Unfortunately, the government's refusal to release any provincial data has made it difficult to determine the exact extent of COVID in Cambodia. Certainly, there appears to be an upward tendency in The Kingdom, as shown in the graph below (please notice that results are two days behind):
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