Myanmar Confirms Two New COVID-19 Cases

By The Irrawaddy 27 March 2020

YANGON—With two new cases reported on Friday, Myanmar has five confirmed COVID-19 cases in total. All are imported cases.

The country’s Health Ministry announced that a 69-year-old man in Yangon and a 33-year-old man in Mandalay tested positive for the disease on Friday.

The Mandalay man is a US citizen and arrived back in Myanmar on March 19 on a Qatar Airways flight. He then spent one night in Yangon before heading to Mandalay by bus the next day.

The patient in Yangon flew back to Myanmar on March 14 from Australia, where he was receiving a month-long medical treatment for his nasal cancer. On his way home, he stopped in Singapore for four days.

Both patients suffered from a fever, cough and sore throat shortly after their arrival in the country and were admitted to government hospitals for observation. Their lab results have now shown they have COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health and Sports is working to trace anyone who had close contact with them for quarantine.

Myanmar reported its first case of the disease early this week. As of Thursday night, 20 people suspected of having the disease were under observation, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.

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