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VIENTIANE, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Lao government has warned of a possible second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, as the country eased some restrictions since May 18.

Authorities and people countrywide must continue their efforts in implementing preventive measures to prevent the second wave of COVID-19 outbreak, Lao Minister of Health Bounkong Syhavong told a press conference on Friday.

The key factor in determining the success of the government's efforts to curb the spread of the virus was the participation of the general public and authorities in combatting this virulent disease, said Bounkong.

It was essential that every person and all relevant authorities strictly abide by the "new normal" guidelines and rules laid down by the government to prevent the further spread of the virus, he added.

The National Taskforce committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control has urged everyone to continue to regularly wash their hands with soap, and to wear a face mask when going outside their homes and in crowded places. People must also continue to practice social distancing.

Laos began to lift nine COVID-19 restrictions on May 18, with four restrictions remain in place, according to the National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

If an infected case is confirmed in a particular province, then stricter measures will be enacted in that province. If a cluster of cases is found in two or more provinces, then the country may revert to stricter lockdown measures, according to Lao Ministry of Health report.

As of Friday, Laos has tested 6,141 suspected cases with 19 cases tested positive, and 16 patients have recovered.

Another three infected cases are treated in designated hospital -Mittaphab Hospital (Hospital 150) in Lao capital Vientiane.

Laos announced its first two COVID-19 confirmed cases on March 24.

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