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Covid-19 lockdown in Laos extended till June 19 despite cases being under control

The ongoing Covid-19 lockdown in Laos has been extended till June 19, according to a notice issued by the Prime Minister’s Office on Friday. The notice outlines a gradual loosening of lockdown measures, with certain strict measures to remain in place. Travel within localities that have not ...

Xinhua

Laos: Electricity and water tariffs bills reduced for all households

The state-run Electricite Du Lao (EDL) and Vientiane Water Supply State Enterprise have cut power and water tariffs by three and five percent respectively to help people cope with the impact of the Covid-19 crisis. The reduced tariffs, which will be valid for three months, will ...

Thailand aims at pandemic risks by fighting wildlife trade

Thailand is ramping up efforts to curb trade in wildlife to help reduce the risk of future pandemics, officials said Thursday, though it was unclear whether that would mean an end to all such sales in the wildlife trafficking hub. The government intends to make Thailand ...

ELAINE KURTENBACH

A wake-up call to Asia, tackle your own 'Asian hate'

For expatriates like me, an unexpected upside to life in Bangkok during the COVID-19 outbreak is that it has become significantly easier to hail a taxi. Before the pandemic, drivers would often ignore me or try to rip me off, thinking I was among the millions of ...

YUKAKO ONO

How Laos escaped coronavirus community transmission and deaths — until now

The official coronavirus death toll in the South-East Asian nation of Laos remained at zero until this month. Amid a rapidly spreading outbreak in neighbouring Thailand, the Laotian government sealed its borders and imposed a lockdown on April 22.  Everybody except for essential workers was required to stay home ...

Max Walden

Virus bumps up the digital uptake rate

The proportion of so-called digital adopters and digital leaders in Thai businesses is expected to rise in the coming years as more than half of all businesses are gradually embracing digital transformation, according to a virtual business seminar held by the country’s largest mobile operator ...

KOMSAN TORTERMVASANA

Thailand reports daily record of COVID-19 cases, including jail clusters

Thailand’s COVID-19 task force also recorded 25 new deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 614 since the pandemic started last year. Excluding the jail clusters, Monday’s new cases of 2,782 are close to a record high of 2,839 recorded late last month. Thailand has administered ...

Reuters/dv

COVID-19 Hits Prisons in Thailand, as Nearly 3,000 Cases Detected

Yesterday, Thailand’s Department of Corrections announced that nearly 3,000 inmates at two prisons in Thailand’s capital had tested positive for COVID-19, amid the country’s ongoing outbreak of the virus. In a statement, the department said that 1,785 of the 3,274 inmates tested positive at Bangkok Remand Prison, which ...

Sebastian Strangio

Myanmar’s COVID Response Is Collapsing

As Myanmar’s national COVID-19 response collapses following a 1 February military coup, one ethnic armed organisation in the country’s north has quietly vaccinated 20,000 people in areas it governs, with support from across the border in China. The vaccines, produced by the Chinese company Sinovac Biotech, ...

Covid-19 outbreak reported near Laos casino run by alleged crime boss

Authorities in Laos have reported a significant Covid-19 outbreak near the notorious Kings Romans casino, whose Chinese owner is accused by the United States of trafficking people, wildlife and drugs. Officials said a cluster of cases in Tonpheung district was traced to people who illegally entered ...

Joshua Berlinger and Kocha Olarn

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