Burma

Myanmar’s COVID-19 Cases Exceed 50,000

By Zaw Zaw Htwe 30 October 2020

Yangon – Myanmar’s COVID-19 cases exceeded 50,000 on Thursday after seeing around 10,000 new cases since Oct. 22, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.

On Thursday, Myanmar reported 50,403 cases, including 1,199 fatalities and 30,007 recoveries.

More than 1,400 new COVID-19 cases and nearly 30 coronavirus deaths have been reported some days.

Myanmar is now fourth in Asean in terms of COVID-19 cases, behind Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore.

Myanmar’s COVID-19 cases are expected to overtake the Singaporean tally, which has reported more than 57,890 cases.

Myanmar’s health authorities said last week that daily new COVID-19 cases in Yangon have been decreasing over the past two weeks since reaching a peak of more than 1,900 on Oct. 10.

However, more than 100 new cases have been reported per day in other areas, including Rakhine State and Bago, Mandalay and Ayeyarwady regions.

On Thursday evening, Myanmar’s COVID-19 hotspot, Yangon, reported 39,139 cases, followed by Rakhine State with 2,828 cases, Bago Region with 2,642, Mandalay Region with 1,791 and Ayeyarwady Region with 1,019.

On Monday, State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said private hospitals and clinics in the country will be allowed to treat COVID-19 patients to ease the burden on government hospitals overloaded with coronavirus cases.

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