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Banks, financial institutes ordered to defer principal and interest payments

The Bank of the Lao PDR has issued a decision ordering commercial banks and micro-financial institutes to postpone for three months – from May – deadlines for principal and interest payments for those who have borrowed loans for living expenses.  The decision, dated May 13, 2021, ...

KPL

Vientiane authorities order lockdown in red zone villages

Vientiane authorities have ordered a 14-day lockdown in so-called red zones of the city where the highest number of Covid-19 infections have occurred.During a meeting of the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control last week, Deputy Prime Minister Professor Dr Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune instructed city ...

Phomphong Laoin

Laos records first coronavirus death

A 53-year-old Vietnamese woman has died from coronavirus (Covid-19) in Laos, marking the first death from the virus recorded in the nation, the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control announced on Sunday. The woman, who worked at a karaoke club in Naxay village, Xaysettha ...

Somsack Pongkhao

Lockdown extended until May 20

The government has extended the lockdown for another 15 days until May 20 in an ongoing effort to contain the Covid-19 outbreak as new cases continue to surge. The government has imposed a lockdown in the capital of Vientiane since April 22 after suspected super-spreaders ...

Souksakhone Vaenkeo

Second makeshift hospital opens, friendly countries to assist

The Lanexang Indoor Stadium has been turned into a makeshift hospital to accommodate Covid-19 patients in Vientiane after a surge in infections in recent days. The facility in Don Koi village, Sisattanak district, was officially opened on Monday after the sports centre was transformed into ...

Times Reporters

Covid infection rate continues to soar

There has been a big jump in the number of new Covid-19 cases despite tougher measures and a lockdown being imposed to contain the virus. Prior to Lao New Year, only 59 cases had been recorded in Laos but in the past few weeks more ...

Somsack Pongkhao

Temporary hospitals planned amid surge in Covid cases

The National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control is preparing temporary hospitals amid a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases. Speaking at a media briefing on April 25, Director General of the Department of Communicable Disease Control, Ministry of Health, Dr Rattanaxay Phetsavanh, ...

Times Reporters

Authorities Open Online Registration for Covid-19 Vaccinations in Laos

Health authorities in Laos have launched an online registration program for Covid-19 vaccinations aimed at priority groups.According to an announcement by the Centre of Information and Education for Health, residents of Vientiane and foreign citizens will be able to register online for Covid-19 vaccinations.Keep reading  ...

Phayboune Thanabouasy

Vientiane Enters Lockdown Following Covid-19 Outbreak

The Prime Minister of Laos has ordered a 14-day lockdown for Vientiane Capital in the wake of a surge of coronavirus cases, while other provinces are urged to consider intensifying prevention measures.The nation’s capital announced over twenty new cases of Covid-19 today following an outbreak believed ...

Latsamy Phonevilay

More than 40 villages in Champhone district achieve Open Defecation Free status

The ceremony to declare 41 villages Open Defecation Free marks a milestone in the collaboration between the Government and SNV to implement the Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All (SSH4A) – Beyond the Finish Line project. The project is funded by the Australian Government with ...

Times Reporters

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