For all those who follow us from near or far and/or who support us, you know how difficult this last year has been and how our team has kept its optimism and motivation because we believe more than anything in the success of our project for which we are redoubling our efforts.
However, today it is important for us to share with you the current situation in Laos which remains worrying. The average number of new cases per day has increased by more than 220 in the last 3 weeks, to 43% of its previous peak of infections. COVID-19 cases are on the rise, with an average of 406 new infections reported each day. This represents 87% of peak infections. (source: https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/fr/countries-and-territories/laos/).
The Capital is in lockdown and these measures have undeniable consequences on the development of our actions. Indeed, on 8 September, our water samples were sent to the Vientiane laboratory in charge of our analyses for validation by the competent authorities. However, after 4 weeks, we still have no answers due to the absence of staff and limited travel within the city. Without these results we cannot start the construction work and have to be patient.
We are of course aware that this ongoing pandemic is not just about us and affects a considerable number of people, communities, organisations and businesses. The consequences of this crisis are beyond our control and we must at all costs keep hope, strength and optimism!