Laos records first coronavirus death

VIENTIANE: The Southeast Asian country of Laos recorded its first death from coronavirus today, losing its place among the few countries yet to suffer a fatality, state media said.

The victim was a 53-year-old Vietnamese woman who had underlying medical problems, including diabetes, and who worked at a karaoke club in a village outside the capital Vientiane, the state-run Vientiane Times website quoted the national Covid-19 taskforce as saying.

Infections have rocketed in the country of 7 million since last month, when the worst surges also began in neighbouring Thailand and Cambodia.

Laos has still identified only 1,302 infections since the pandemic began.


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