Burma

Myanmar Reports Four New COVID-19 Cases; Total Climbs to 14

By The Irrawaddy 30 March 2020

YANGON—Myanmar health officials announced four new COVID-19 cases on Monday evening, taking the total number reported in the country to 14.

The new cases include three French tourists—two women aged 61 and 66 and a man aged 65—according to the Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS). Their Myanmar tour guide tested positive on Saturday.

The fourth patient to test positive for COVID-19 on Monday was a Myanmar citizen residing in Shan State who recently returned to Myanmar from Bangkok.

The three French tourists and a fourth French citizen traveling with them had been under observation at a hotel in Yangon since their tour guide tested positive on Saturday. The three who tested positive would be sent to Weibagi Infectious Disease Hospital in the city, officials said.

The fourth case reported on Monday is a 24-year-old Myanmar man who arrived in Tachilek, Shan State from Thailand on March 25 and spent two nights there. He flew to Mandalay on March 27 before returning to his home in Kyaukme, in northern Shan State, on the same day. The following day, he suffered acute vomiting and coughing and was admitted to a government hospital there.

The MOHS said the four newly confirmed patients are now in stable condition, adding that it is in the process of tracking down all those who had close contact with them and will order them to be quarantined.

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