Laos locks down capital as Covid cases hit record high


The mayor of Vientiane, where the bulk of Laos’ Covid-19 cases were detected, declared a lockdown yesterday for two weeks, ordering residents to stay in their homes unless obtaining food, medicine or making their way to a hospital. – EPA pic, September 20, 2021.

RECLUSIVE Laos has locked down its capital Vientiane and barred travel between Covid-19-hit provinces as cases soared to a record high.

The communist country appeared to have escaped the brunt of the pandemic last year, and by March this year, had reported fewer than 60 cases – though the low number was due in part to limited testing.


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