As the number of new Covid-19 cases in Laos continued to rise, the government announced an extension of restrictive measures until further notice.
Thipphakone Chanthavongsa, Deputy Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, told a press conference that community spread is continuing across all provinces, with the number of new infections increasing, according to Xinhua news agency.
The majority of cases have been reported in densely populated areas, with transmission occurring at social gatherings, offices, organisations, and within families.
Except for those authorised by the National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control, borders and checkpoints will remain closed.
Foreigners will not be granted tourist or visitor visas. Diplomatic personnel, employees of international organisations, experts, and investors who need to enter the country urgently will be allowed in, but they must follow all Covid-19 prevention measures issued by the Lao government.
Across the country, entertainment venues must remain closed.
Meetings, conferences, and other gatherings of more than 50 people, including religious festivals and activities, are prohibited.