The self-administered zone is among other least-developed areas in Myanmar facing a serious shortage of health care workers.
Displaced residents of Lekka Village say the Myanmar military burned down over half of their homes, while the military blames the Arakan Army.
A wild elephant was found dead with its tusks cut in Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park, the first case of elephant poaching in 20 years in the sanctuary.
The five men said they were exposed to the hot sun and that the soldiers poured hot water on them and forced them to confess to being members of the AA, relatives recalled.
Twelve Muslims in Mandalay have been imprisoned for three months after defying the coronavirus ban on gatherings.
Some claim the 93-year-old lifelong soldier Major General Saw Htay Maung failed to adapt his military skills to the negotiation table.
For the first time since the global pandemic began there last year, hospitals in Wuhan, China are not treating any COVID-19 patients, health officials said.
Observers and ethnic armed groups say State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s support for the military in the Rakhine conflict damages the peace process.
More civilian deaths in Rakhine State have been blamed on Myanmar’s military, which says it is battling the Arakan Army “terrorist” group.
In Rakhine and Chin, where many people have been killed or displaced by air strikes, the majority do not share the State Counselor’s view of the army as their protector.
The Myanmar military and the AA, which are warring in the area, denied responsibility for the attack on a WHO vehicle carrying COVID-19 swabs from Rakhine to Yangon.
Myanmar saw its largest daily jump in new COVID-19 cases with 10 new infections detected in a seven-hour period on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
A doctor who treated a patient who died of COVID-19 has become Myanmar’s first health care professional to contract the disease, taking the number of cases to 38.
Apart from the deaths, Myanmar’s military airstrike against the Arakan Army also wounded nine villagers, including a preschooler, Chin State’s government said.
Many businesses in Tokyo and a number of other large Japanese cities stayed shut on Wednesday as the government declared a state of emergency to fight COVID-19.