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Vientiane (VNA) - The Lao Ministry of Health has urged authorities and people in this country to maintain vigilance, and continue implementing measures to prevent the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The ministry's September 30 statement said that authorities and people across the country need to remain vigilant and continue to comply with measures launched by the national steering committee for COVID- 19.

The ministry also advised people to adapt to a new normal state in order to prevent the spread of the disease. Residents should avoid leaving their homes for unnecessary reasons, wear masks when going out or going to public places, avoid using public transport, and regularly wash hands with soap.

The Lao Ministry of Health also required people to practice social distancing and keep a distance of 1-2 meters.

On the same day, Malaysia's Ministry of Health recorded 89 new COVID-19 cases, of which 86 were infected in the community, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 11,224. With two new deaths, the total number of fatalities by COVID-19 in the country increased to 136.

The ministry also announced that there were 28 more patients recovering from the disease, bringing the total number of recoveries to 9,967./.