Two More Myanmar Military Officers Catch COVID-19 in Moscow

By Thiha Lwin 4 May 2020

Naypyitaw — Two more military officers from Myanmar undergoing training in Russia have contracted coronavirus, bringing the toll to five COVID-19 cases among trainees in Moscow.

“They are trainees and they will be treated in Russia,” military spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun said.

They are receiving treatment at a COVID-19 health care center near Moscow and responding well to treatment, he added.

They tested positive during screenings by the Russian authorities on April 28 following COVID-19 cases at the Russian University of Transport (RUT) and Moscow Power Engineering Institute (MPEI).

Two officers attending RUT and another at the MPEI tested positive for the virus earlier. Those universities have been undertaking online tuition since March but their dormitories were visited by COVID-19-positive Russian students.

Russia reported 10,633 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, its fourth record single-day increase in a row. The country now has 134,687 confirmed cases, the seventh-highest number in the world.

As of Monday, Myanmar has reported 155 COVID-19 cases. Six people have died, 43 recovered and 29 have been discharged from hospital while around 3,300 people are under quarantine, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.

Translated from Burmese by Thet Ko Ko

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