Myanmar Bans Beach Tours Amid COVID-19

By The Irrawaddy 24 March 2020

Yangon – The Ayeyarwady regional government has banned tour groups from visiting popular beaches at Chaungtha and Ngwesaung and Gawyingyi Island after Myanmar reported two COVID-19 cases.

The decision was made after an urgent proposal by parliamentarian U Khin Win to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

All tours to beaches like Shwe Thaung Yan and pagodas, including Mawtinzun, Zalon and Akauk Taung, would end from March 25.

All hotels and guesthouses would be told not to accept any visitors, U Kyaw Myint, the regional municipal minister, told The Irrawaddy.

There are 72 hotels and 107 guesthouses at Ngwesaung and Chaungtha beaches.

The health ministry said a 36-year-old traveling from the United States and 26-year-old returning from Britain, both Myanmar nationals, had tested positive for COVID-19.

Globally, more than 330,000 people have tested positive with the coronavirus and nearly 15,000 were killed by the virus, according to the World Health Organization on March 23.

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