Myanmar’s Military Donates Wages to COVID-19 Fight

By Moe Moe 7 April 2020

Naypyitaw — Myanmar’s commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and his armed forces say they have collectively donated over 2.245 billion kyats (US$1.6 million) to be used in the prevention, control and treatment of COVID-19.

The amount included a month’s salary of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and other senior officers and a day’s wages for other ranks and civilian staff.

The donation is intended to purchase medical equipment for public hospitals as well as for prevention, control and treatment of COVID-19 and quarantine centers.

Myanmar’s military has prepared a transit center in Yangon’s Hlaing Township to quarantine 1,000 people and another site in Naypyitaw to take care of some 15,000 people.

By Sunday, the transit center in Hlaing received 124 people for quarantine and the center in Naypyitaw took in 163 returning migrants.

The military commands in Naypyitaw and Yangon are providing health care and meals and everyone was doing well, according to Myanmar’s military.

The military said it is ready to assist the government’s COVID-19 efforts and it has also been spraying disinfectant at religious buildings, markets and hospitals.

By Tuesday noon, Myanmar reported 22 COVID-19 cases, one death with more than 700 people being monitored.

Translated from Burmese by Thet Ko Ko

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