Message for U.S. Citizens: Special Flight Leaving Vientiane on April 11 to the United States
The Department of State has arranged a special chartered flight for U.S. citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents that is currently expected to depart Vientiane at around 5:00 p.m. on April 11 for San Francisco, CA. Exact departure time and routing are subject to change.

Covid-19 infection cases reach 14 including 13 Lao nationals
The number of people testing positive for Covid-19 in the Lao PDR has reached 14, a press conference was told this afternoon.

Help curb dengue spread, health sector asks public
Health Authorities are urging people to clear potential mosquito breeding sites around their homes and workplaces to help control the spread of dengue fever.

Chinese anti-epidemic medical expert team hosts training course in Laos
Chinese medical expert Guan Wan’gao demonstrates how to dress personal protective equipments in Vientiane, Laos, April 6, 2020.

Party enlists membership for war against Covid 19
The Lao People’s Revolutionary Party (LPRP) has made a political order, calling on all Party members to increase their efforts to lead and supervise the nation to control the spread of Covid 19, likening the status of this work to engaging in a war to protect the country.

A 20-year-old student tests positive for Covid-19
A returning student from UK has tested positive for Covid-19, taking the total to 12.

Travel restrictions nationwide to prevent the spread of Covid-19
Districts and villages nationwide are imposing travel restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 among communities following detection of 12 infections in the country.

Update On The Health of COVID-19 Patients In Vientiane
Director Sanong Thongsana of Mittaphab “150 Bed” Hospital updates the public about the condition of the patients receiving care in Vientiane during an exclusive television interview.

Lao woman studying in the UK infected by Coronavirus
A 20-year-old woman from Vientiane has been infected by the Coronavirus, taking the total number of infections in Laos to 12, authorities said on Monday.

Vietnam helps Laos prepare for UNESCO recognition of national reserve
A working group of Vietnamese cultural heritage experts has been established by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to support Laos in compiling a dossier seeking UNESCO recognition of Hin Namno National Reserve as a World Natural Heritage Site.

One more case confirmed today
The latest Covid-19 case, 11th in the country, is a Papua New Genea man, 55, a staff member at Phu Bia Mining. 89 have reportedly had close contact with the man are being monitored closely by health workers.

Laos tests 53 negative COVID-19 cases
aos tested more 53 COVID-19 suspected cases, and all of them are negative, according to Lao health official.

Chinese experts join Lao counterparts to fight COVID-19 epidemic
Members of Chinese anti-epidemic medical expert team communicate with their Lao peers about the situation of confirmed COVID-19 patients in Lao government-designated Mittaphab Hospital (Hospital 150) in Vientiane, Laos, April 4, 2020.

Vietnam assists Laos to fight Covid-19 with medical supplies
Medical materials from Vietnam arrived in Lao capital Vientiane by a chartered plane on Saturday morning (April 4) to assist Laos to fight against the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.

Xayaboury: over 600 workers allowed to go home
In Xayaboury, more than 600 out of over 7,000 returning workers from Thailand have been allowed to go home after having been quarantined for 14 days at quarantine centres across the province.

Covid-19: no more infection case confirmed
No Covid-19 has been confirmed today. As a result the number of infection cases in the country currently stays at 10 including 7 in Vientiane Capital and 3 in touristy Luang Prabang. There has been no deaths related to Covid-19 in the Lao PDR.

Govt postpones payment of customs duty, taxes
The government will reduce and defer the payment of customs duty, taxes and various fees in a bid to regulate goods prices and address labour problems during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Keeping global food chains alive is crucial amid COVID-19 crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic is putting enormous strains on the public health systems around the world, and millions of people in the world’s most advanced economies are in some form of quarantine.

Govt pledges food security during outbreak fears
There are sufficient imported sources of consumer goods, especially staples, to maintain food security amid concerns of shortages in coming weeks of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, authorities have said.

Vietnam suspends residents’ border crossing from and to Laos, Cambodia over COVID-1
Vietnam has decided to suspend cross-border activities of individuals at main and secondary border gates, and trails in border areas sharing with Cambodia and Laos from Apr 1 as part of measures to effectively prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Covid-19: private hospitals and clinics ordered to close
Minister of Health Bounkong Sihavong has issued a notice ordering the closure of private hospitals and clinics nationwide as the country is entering a complete lockdown.

WB approves 60 mln USD to strengthen Laos’ financial safety net
WB approves 60 mln USD to strengthen Laos’ financial safety net

Laos confirms new Covid-19 case, bringing total to 10
A female Vientiane resident, 21, was confirmed today as being infected with coronavirus, bringing the total infections to 10 people.

Stranded migrant workers can stay and work in Thailand, for now
Today the Thai Labour Ministy is allowing stranded workers from Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar to stay and work beyond the expiration date of their work permits, due to the recent closure of their borders.

Laos Puts the Brakes on April Fools’ During Covid-19 Pandemic
Laos has announced that posting or sharing April Fools’ Day jokes about Covid-19 is now punishable by law.

Laos Closes International Checkpoints, Suspends Passenger Transport to Prevent COVID-19 Spread
The Lao government said Sunday that all international checkpoints will be closed for passengers exiting and entering Laos. However, goods transport is still permitted.
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9th case confirmed
A 9th covid-19 case was confirmed this afternoon. The latest case was identified as a female beautician, 22, resident of Phonphanao village, Xaysettha district, Vientiane Capital.

Govt toughens virus prevention measures
The government yesterday announced to close all international checkpoints and prohibit public movement for non-essential activities for almost three weeks to control the coronavirus pandemic as fears of outbreak escalate.

Chinese aid lands as Lao COVID-19 cases rise
A team of Chinese doctors and medical experts along with essential supplies have arrived in Vientiane to reinforce local authorities in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic as the number of Lao cases rises.

Deputy PM advises northern provinces on development, coronavirus
Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sonexay Siphandone visited Phongsaly and Luang Namtha provinces early last week to advise on development amidst the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

COVID-19 in Asean: update for March 29 — 32 deaths, 591 new cases regionally in past 24hrs
As of 01:40 GMT March 29 there was 6,028 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 591, or 10.31 per cent, on the day prior.

Declining fertility rates in ASEAN
ASEAN countries have collectively achieved remarkable economic growth, however, when it comes to fertility rates, the region has been drifting.

ASEAN nations see large numbers of new COVID-19 cases
The Philippines Ministry of Health on March 29 recorded 343 more people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the highest number in a day in the country, raising the total cases to 1,418 people, including 71 deaths

Philippines seeks ASEAN help in sourcing 300k MT of rice
The Philippines is seeking the assistance of other Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) peers for the importation of an additional 300,000 metric tons of rice through government-to-government agreements, inter-agency task force on coronavirus 2019 spokesman and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said late Friday.

Three new virus infections confirmed bringing total to six
Authorities confirmed yesterday that three more people were infected with coronavirus (Covid-19) bringing total infections to six.

PM inspects provincial readiness to combat Covid-19
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith travelled to the central province of Khammuan on Thursday where he inspected the readiness of provincial authorities in the battle against Covid-19.

Buses to Laos, Cambodia suspended
The Transport Co on Wednesday suspended all 15 inter-country bus services to Laos and Cambodia, while imposing stricter measures including thermal scans on passengers taking existing routes to control the transmission of Covid-19.

China to continue to help Laos fight Covid-19
The government of China will continue to help Laos according to the actual requirement of the country to prevent and combat Covid-19, the Chinese Embassy to the Lao PDR said today, Mar 26.

Laos Advises All Sectors to Work from Home
Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has advised all local and central sectors to consider allowing their staff to work from home in a bid to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak.

Two Covid-19 cases confirmed
Two Covid-19 infection cases have been confirmed in Vientiane Capital, Deputy Minister of Health Phouthone Meuangpak told a press conference today.

Doctors, nurses demand social distancing, self-quarantine to control COVID-19
Local medical professionals have joined a global campaign, which demands social distancing and self-isolating as measures to control the spread of COVID-19 infection in Laos.

Over 1,000 Lao allowed extra day to cross from Thailand
More than 1,000 Lao people were granted an extra day to cross the Second Laos-Thai Friendship Bridge between Mukdahan province in Thailand and Savannakhet province after Thailand began temporarily closing all border crossings with Laos on Monday.

Thailand lets migrant workers leave for Laos despite border closure
Lao and Vietnamese migrant workers were being allowed to leave Thailand across the Friendship Bridge to Thakhek in Khammouane province of Laos on Monday, even though all border checkpoints were ordered closed on Sunday night to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Govt provides 100 b in financing to SMEs
The government’s Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Promotion Fund (SME PF) has injected 100 billion kip in financing for SMEs via commercial banks in the form of long-term low-interest loans.

Free testing for medically screened COVID-19 cases
The public, including foreign nationals in the country, suspected by medical personnel of carrying COVID-19 will be tested free of charge, according to a leading health official.

PM inspects facilities prepared for virus patients
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith and authorities yesterday visited facilities prepared for coronavirus (COVID-19) patients, despite there being no confirmed case in Laos.

Thousands of Lao Laborers Working in Thailand Return Home
Thousands of Lao laborers working in Thailand have swamped border checkpoints, hoping to return home before borders officially close.

Indonesia Embassy continues Bahasa promotion to Lao people
Indonesia Embassy to Laos is continuing to encourage Lao people to learn both Bahasa language and the fellow Asean country’s culture through an official course which opened on Friday

Borikhamxay seizes over 200,000 amphetamine pills, 60 kg of ice
A group of suspected drug traffickers was arrested by Borikhamxay provincial police last week, with officers confiscating over 200,000 amphetamine pills and 60 kg of methamphetamine from two pick-up trucks.

Laos Enters De Facto Lockdown Amid Global Coronavirus Outbreak
Laos is poised to enter a de facto lockdown as borders, entry and exit points begin to close across the country, with Lao citizens prohibited from leaving.

Thai-Lao bridge in Nakhon Phanom to close from Sunday night
The 3rd Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge across the Mekong river linking this northeastern Thai province with Khammouane province in Laos will be closed from 10pm on Sunday as a precaution against Covid-19.

Laos to Punish Opportunists who Stockpile Goods under New Covid-19 Measures
Laos is to take “strict action” against any opportunist who withholds or stockpiles goods, especially basic necessities, in an effort to tackle social disturbances during the global Covid-19 outbreak.

Authorities urge Lao workers abroad to return via int’l checkpoints
The government has called on all Lao workers in foreign countries returning home to enter through official international checkpoints to ensure they are scanned for COVID-19.

Laos suspends tourist visas, closes schools to prevent COVID-19
The Lao government has suspended the issuance of visas for foreign tourists for 30 days and suspended all levels of education to prevent COVID-19, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has announced.

Authorities confirm Laos-Vietnam border crossing open
Authorities have confirmed that the Lao Bao-Dansavan International Checkpoint between Vietnam and Laos in Savannakhet province is open dismissing false reports of its closure on March 19 as fake news.

Government approves additional measures to cope with Covid-19
At its monthly meeting for March held in Vientiane Capital on Mar 18, the government approved additional measures to prevent possible Covid-19 outbreak in the country.

Testing for COVID-19 in Laos
Testing for COVID-19 is possible in Laos, however, supplies are limited and testing is only available to those who meet certain criteria and who have specific symptoms.

Thai Travelers Who Visited Laos Likely Carried COVID-19 Across the Mekong
As Vietnam and Cambodia reported increases in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, authorities in Thailand warned their Lao neighbors that a group of Thai nationals that recently visited Laos on a day trip had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Laos closes checkpoint at Thai border
Laos has closed its four immigration checkpoints near Thailand’s Nakhon Phanom province, saying it doesn’t have enough medical personnel to screen for the Covid-19 coronavirus at the four places.

Laos border crossing in Phayao reopens
The Thai border checkpoint in Phu Sang district of this northern province and the Pang Mone international checkpoint at Muang Khob in Sayaboury province of Laos have reopened after being closed for only one day.

Covid-19 Task Force Recommends Quarantine for Travelers Arriving in Laos
The National Task Force Committee on the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 has released a statement directing ministries and relevant ministerial organizations, Vientiane Capital, and all provincial authorities to enforce stricter regulations in regard to prevention and control of Covid-19 in Laos.

Thai- Lao border closed in Phayao
The border crossing to Laos in Phu Sang district of this northern province has been closed from both sides due to the Covid-19 threat.

PM orders preschools, kindergartens closed
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has ordered the temporary closure of preschools and kindergartens across the country in the wake of the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus in many countries.

Covid-19: Laos ready for potential outbreak, says PM
Today the Lao PDR is comprehensively ready to deal with possible outbreak of Covid-19 especially in terms of personnel, medical equipment, health facilities with Mittaphab Hospital and Hospital 103 designated as main hospitals dealing with Covid-19 cases,” said Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.

Central China province donates anti-coronavirus materials to Laos, ROK
Central China’s Hunan Province has donated supplies to aid the novel coronavirus fight in Laos and the Republic of Korea

Northern Laos province closes 10 border crossings with Vietnam. Authorities in northern Laos’ Huaphan province on Sunday (March 15) called for the temporary closure of 10 traditional border crossings with Vietnam as part of efforts to prevent an outbreak of the Covid-19 (coronavirus).

Laos prepares for worsening Covid-19 scenario
Although there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Laos so far, authorities will undergo training and practice in how to handle cases of infection and an outbreak in the country, a senior health official has said.

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