Foreign Affairs

Luang Prabang asks PM if it can cancel Miss Pi Mai contest

(KPL) The governor of touristy Luang Prabang has sent a letter to the Prime Minister to ask him if Luang Prabang can cancel Miss Pi Mai Contest and some mass events of Pi Mai Lao (Lao New Year) celebration scheduled for mid April in a bid to prevent potential Covid-19 outbreak in the province.

The activities proposed for cancellation include a trade fair on the city avenue and a sandcastle making event on Xay Moungkhoun Island.

The invitation of Prabang, one of highly revered Buddha images of the country, for public members to sprinkle holy water, and Hae Vo parade, to be organized without public participation, are excluded from Luang Prabang’s list of proposed cancellations.

On Wednesday WHO characterized Covid-19 outbreak as pandemic as the virus has infected more than 118,000 people in 114 countries and regions worldwide, and 4,291 people have lost their lives since it was first detected in Wuhan, China’s Hupei province a few months ago.

Speaking at a press briefing, the WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said:

“Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death.”

Source: Lao News Agency