Laos Records First COVID-19 Death

Laos has recorded its first COVID-19 death on May 9, the health ministry announced in a press conference, according to local media.

Department of Healthcare and Rehabilitation Deputy Director General Dr. Bouathep Phoumindr reportedly announced that a 53-year-old Vietnamese karaoke club employee died from COVID-19 in the capital of Vientiane.

The Laotian Times reported that the woman was admitted to the hospital with minor symptoms that quickly worsened after four days.

State media Vientiane Times reported that underlying medical issues, including diabetes, worsened the woman’s condition.

The health ministry also announced 69 new COVID-19 cases on May 9, bringing the total to 1,302.

The Southeast Asian country has faced a rapid surge in cases since the Lao New Year holiday last April 14.

Last week, the National Taskforce for COVID-19 Prevention and Control held a meeting to discuss a plan of action in containing the spread of the virus, which included the extension of the lockdown to May 20.

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