Southeast Asia’s Laos records first COVID-19 death

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The Southeast Asian country of Laos recorded its first death from coronavirus on Sunday, 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.

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

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

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