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  1. The Delta Plus version of Covid-19 is spreading around Vientiane Capital, according to the Lao Ministry of Health. The Delta Plus variation is more transmissible than the Delta version from which it mutated, according to health officials. According to UNICEF, Delta Plus has a novel mutation in the spike protein that the virus utilizes to enter human cells. During a National Taskforce announcement yesterday, Dr. Sisavath Soutthanilaxay, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control, said that community spread was highest in Vienti
  2. According to a new study, altering weather patterns in Laos may be to blame for an increase in germs that cause two forms of typhus. According to SciDev.net, both scrub typhus (or bush typhus), which is caused by the bacteria Orientia tsutugamushi and spread by mites, and flea-borne typhus (murine typhus), which is caused by the Rickettsia typhi bacterium and disseminated by flea bites, are on the rise in Laos. Tamalee Roberts, a principal researcher at the Lao-Oxford-Mahosot-Hospital-Wellcome Trust research center in Laos, says little is known about the factors that contri
  3. Today, Laos has confirmed 214 cases of Covid-19, with community spread in Vientiane Capital continuing. Over the last 24 hours, 5,117 tests were conducted, according to the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control. Today, 162 community instances of Covid-19 were reported across the country, with 77 cases in Vientiane Capital, 33 in Champasack, 28 in Khammouane, nine in Savannakhet, two in Xieng Khouang, one in Bolikhamxay, and 12 in Bokeo (in the Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone, including one Lao national, six Myanmar nationals, and five Chinese national
  4. As the number of cases in Siem Reap continues to rise, additional places are designated as "red zones." Due of apathy regarding safety measures against Covid-19, the Governor of Siem Reap Province has declared the entire city of Siem Reap a "red zone." The population's apathy and negligence has allowed the pandemic to spread unchecked. More locations in the province have been designated as "red zones" as the pandemic spreads and the community outbreak grows. For one week, the villages of Kampong and Sramor in Chi Kreng Commune, Chi Kreng District, were designate
  5. In mid-August, Cambodian migrant workers in quarantine camps and border testing regions told Khmer Times that there could be a flood of Cambodian migrant workers returning from Thailand to Cambodia to celebrate the Pchum Ben holiday, which falls on October 5–7. Many Cambodians are detained in outlying districts in Thailand, according to personnel at the holding area, because internal regulations, poverty, and lack of ability to go to the border, as well as the fear of the 21-day quarantine, have discouraged them. “However, they were making plans to return to Cambodia throug
  6. Today, Cambodia's daily case statistics remained at new "high" levels, with active cases continuing to rise. The official daily new COVID case total for today was 622, increasing the overall number of COVID cases to 104,716. There are presently 86,721 Community Instances, with 17,995 cases being imported. Unfortunately, due to the continuous policy of not publishing any provincial numbers, determining the exact scope of COVID in Cambodia has become impossible. The concern that the Pchum Ben holidays in early October may see another surge of Cambodian
  7. Vaccinations for people aged 17 and up have been allowed by the Lao Ministry of Health under specified conditions. A notice permitting the immunizations was placed on the Lao National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control's social media website. The vaccinations will be offered for students in their last year of secondary school or those aged 17 and up who will travel for educational purposes or who are preparing for tertiary entrance examinations at universities or other educational institutions, according to the page's details. The Pfizer Biontech C
  8. The capital of Vientiane has issued a notice prohibiting interprovincial travel, requiring visitors from specific regions to undergo a 14-day quarantine. Travel to Vientiane Capital from provinces with severe outbreaks, such as Champasack, Savannakhet, Khammouane, and Bokeo, is prohibited without prior authorization, according to a notice issued by the Vientiane Capital Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control. Those who are permitted to travel will be required to quarantine for two weeks. Residents of Vientiane Capital are also prohibited from visiting provinces that
  9. Over the last 24 hours, the Covid Taskforce reported 4,690 testing, with 288 new cases of Covid-19 being documented. Covid-19 community spread was reported in 219 instances across the country, with nine cases in Vientiane Capital, 139 in Savannakhet, 44 in Champasack, 26 in Khammouane, and one in Salavanh Province. At Savannakhet, Covid-19 infected 135 persons in jails and detention institutions. Other incidents occurred in Kaysone Phomevhanh City's villages of Nalao, Oudomvilay, and Houamueang Neua. Pakse City had 36 cases, Nonghed Village had seven
  10. PM Hun Sen today encouraged the Tourism Ministry to explore reopening tourism to vaccinated overseas tourists with a seven-day quarantine period who wish to visit Cambodia. The PM stated that tourism should be reopened in two stages. The first step is to promote local tourism. The second phase is to allow overseas tourists who have been vaccinated with all of the appropriate doses – based on the vaccination they received – to enter Cambodia with only a seven-day quarantine. Tourists who have been properly vaccinated would not be restricted to sta
  11. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) has decided to close five high schools in Phnom Penh for 14 days. This is a major setback for the much-anticipated school reopening, which took place on September 15th. The following are the five high school classes: 1. Hun Sen Ponhea Pun High School (Grade 9B) 2. Boeung Prey High School (Grade 12A1, 9C1 9D1) 3. Boeung Thom High School (Grade 7A2) 4. Wat Phnom High School (Grade 9H2, 9D2, 9B2, 9B, 9H2, 12C2, 12C1, 12B2, 12B1) and 5. Wat Koh High School (Grade 7F).
  12. Unfortunately, a new regulation prohibiting the release of any provincial information, which appears to have taken effect late last week, has made determining the exact scope of COVID in Cambodia extremely difficult. For several days, government-issued ‘Delta' numbers have also been missing. COVID is still active and hazardous in Cambodia, according to reports of 500 new cases in one region alone yesterday. Siem Reap, Cambodia's most popular tourist destination, appears to be in danger as well. Governor Tea Seiha said he would soon declare Siem R
  13. Laotian authorities have established instructions for funeral attendance across the country, emphasizing that Covid-19 preventive measures must be carefully adhered to. After burial rites in Luang Prabang and Champsack contributed to the interprovincial spread of Covid-19, the new instructions were issued. All attendees must have their temperatures taken, wear a facemask at all times, and use hand sanitizer under the new rules. The ceremony should be reduced in size, with a focus on sanitation and the prevention of Covid-19. At all times, at least one meter of s
  14. Over the last 24 hours, the Covid Taskforce reported 5,270 testing, with 154 new cases of Covid-19 being documented. 131 cases of Covid-19 community spread were reported across the country, with 58 cases in Khammouane, 22 in Savannakhet, 20 in Champsack, 13 in Luang Prabang, nine in Vientiane Capital, six in Bokeo, two in Luang Namtha, and one in Salavanh Province. All 20 instances in Champasack were discovered in Pakse City. In Luang Prabang, nine instances were reported in Phonexay, Nan District, while three laborers from Houaylae Village, Ngoy District, t
  15. A project to help small and medium agribusiness firms develop is being funded by the government-funded Khmer Enterprise, a national platform for supporting entrepreneurial activity, and HEKS Cambodia, which strives to promote sustainable rural development. Impact Hub, a company that enables startup firms and tries to help agri-businesses improve, is leading the project. Season 2 of the DakDam Incubator is a nine-month agriculture incubation program that invests in and supports early-stage entrepreneurs working on creative ideas that could assist Cambodia's agricultural sector. On S
  16. Despite having better in control of the epidemic, Cambodia's hospitality industry is up in arms when Vietnam and Thailand partially opened for tourists under strict conditions, but the Kingdom remains resolutely closed to such trials. This comes as word leaked that Vietnam's Phu Quoc Island will be open to "completely vaccinated" travelers beginning in November for a six-month trial period in order to enhance tourism. Vaccinated visitors to Thailand will be able to visit five provinces beginning October 1: Bangkok, Chiangmai, Chonburi, Phetchaburi, and Prachuap Khiri Kh
  17. Cambodia's daily case numbers remained at fresh all-time highs Thursday, with the country's highest daily new case total since July 29th. The official daily new COVID case count for today was 693, increasing the overall number of COVID cases to 102,136. There are presently 84,708 Community Instances, with 17,428 cases being imported. Unfortunately, a new regulation prohibiting the release of any provincial information, which appears to have taken effect late last week, has made determining the exact scope of COVID in Cambodia extremely difficult. For
  18. Many schools and students in Vientiane Capital have admitted that they have difficulty accessing or using online learning facilities. According to KPL, public schools in Vientiane Capital have found it difficult to transition to online education due to low internet penetration and budget constraints. Mr. Somphone Sonedara, Deputy Director of the Vientiane Capital Department of Education and Sports, says that due to the community spread of Covid-19, authorities were unable to reopen schools with in-person classrooms, with online learning beginning at the start of the new
  19. Following a recent funeral in the province, more people have tested positive for Covid-19, resulting in a total of 104 new cases of community spread. Over the last 24 hours, the Covid Taskforce reported 5,233 tests, with 233 new cases of Covid-19 being documented. Two cases in Vientiane Capital, one in Vientiane Province, eleven in Savannakhet, 104 in Champsack, six in Salvanh, two in Bokeo, 17 in Khammouane, 12 in Luang Prabang, one in Sekong, and two in Luang Namtha were confirmed as cases of community spread. A 29-year-old police officer from Nathom Village,
  20. In a recently leaked audio message. Children from 6 to 12 will be immunized, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen. On September 17, 2021, a vaccination campaign for children aged 6 to 12 will begin. At the Peace Palace, the Premier will preside over the official launch of the national immunization program for children aged 6 to 12, which will be followed by a news conference. “We will not be able to reopen our primary schools unless we inoculate this age group,” he stated emphatically. According to Samdech Techo Hun Sen, the country has roughly 1.9 million c
  21. Today, Cambodia's daily case statistics remained at new "high" levels, with the number of active cases passing 4,000 for the first time in weeks. The official daily new COVID case total for today was 653, increasing the overall number of COVID cases to 101,443. With 17,316 instances being imported, the total number of Community Cases is now 84,127. Unfortunately, a new regulation prohibiting the release of any provincial information, which appears to have taken effect late last week, has made determining the exact scope of COVID in Cambodia extremely difficult.
  22. On September 15, students flocked to private and state schools in Phnom Penh as they reopened their doors. After the Ministry of Education approved the reopening of educational institutions, more than 200 schools resumed in-person classes. In Phnom Penh, a total of 227 public and private schools from secondary to high school levels have opened their doors. Public educational institutions account for 68 of the total, while private educational institutions account for 159. Khoung Sreng, the Governor of Phnom Penh Municipality, acknowledged this. A total of 139,578 pupils, as
  23. According to the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, some provinces facing community spread are on the verge of attaining Level Three Alert status. The SARS-CoV-2 or new coronavirus strain causes Covid-19, an infectious respiratory disease. Because it is highly contagious, the World Health Organization classified the global outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020. The first instances were reported in Laos in April 2020, however the spread was contained for the most of the year, with the country announcing a brief win against the virus in June 2020.
  24. In Laos, 127 new cases of Covid-19 have been verified, bringing the total number of cases to 17,682. According to a report by the National Taskforce, the government completed 3,985 tests in the last 24 hours, confirming 127 new cases of Covid-19. Covid-19 was confirmed in 54 communities, with 24 in Vientiane Capital, four in Savannakhet Province, thirteen in Champasack, four in Salavanh, and nine in Khammouane. A father and kid in Amone Village, Saysettha District, two instances in Donnokhoum Village, Sisattanak District, one case in Dongnasok Tai, Sikottabo
  25. Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife received the third ‘booster' dosage against COVID-19 this morning. The Premier wrote on his official Facebook page, "Today, [I] got the 3rd dose or booster dose with my lovely wife." The booster dose has been given to around 780,000 people across the country, according to the Prime Minister, who also stated that the third dose will be given to everyone. The PM indicated that China will provide three million extra doses of COVID-19 vaccinations to Cambodia, which will be used as booster doses, at a press conference following th
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