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Attapeu, Champassak Order Local Lockdowns After Spike In Covid Cases

Source: Vientiane Times

Authorities in Champassak and Attapeu provinces have ordered lockdowns to stem the spread of Covid-19 outbreak after locally-transmitted infections were reported.

In Champassak, provincial authorities have ordered a lockdown in Pakxe city from August 14-20 and have intensified virus control measures, Champassak mass media reported on Thursday.

Travel into and out of Pakxe is banned from 9pm to 5am, except for people who have been given permission by the provincial Covid-19 taskforce.

In Attapeu, provincial authorities have ordered a lockdown from August 12-18, classifying several villages as red and yellow zones.

Travel between Attapeu and other provinces is banned, except in the case of an emergency such as a hospital visit. People wishing to travel must get permission from provincial authorities, must have had two doses of a Covid vaccine, and must be resident in a green zone.

Entry into and departure from the province is limited to the hours of 6am to 8pm.

Entertainment venues, massage facilities, spas, snooker clubs, internet cafes, beauty salons, hotels, barber shops, night markets, sports facilities and tourist attractions have been closed, while gatherings of all kinds and school attendance are banned.

Passenger transport services from Attapeu to other provinces have also been suspended, along with goods delivery, apart from essential items such as equipment needed for disaster recovery, fuel, and food.

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On Friday, 305 new infections were reported across the country, raising the total to date to 9,668.

Vientiane recorded 130 new imported cases and seven locally-transmitted cases. Bokeo province recorded six locally-transmitted cases and Borikhamxay province recorded one imported case. 

Khammuan recorded 19 new imported cases, Saravan recorded 13 imported cases, Savannakhet recorded 66 imported cases and one locally-transmitted case, Champassak recorded 56 imported cases and five locally-transmitted cases, and Xekong recorded one locally-transmitted case, the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control announced on August 13.