Myanmar Becomes Third COVID-19 Hotspot in Asean
By Zaw Zaw Htwe 9 November 2020
Yangon – Myanmar is now third in Asean in terms of COVID-19 cases, overtaking Singapore which reported more than 58,000 cases on Monday.
On Monday morning, Myanmar reported 61,377 COVID-19 cases, including 1,420 fatalities and 45,756 recoveries.
After reporting more than 1,000 coronavirus cases per day, Myanmar is still behind Indonesia with more than 438,000 cases and the Philippines with more than 396,000 cases.
Myanmar has been experiencing a second wave of COVID-19 since Aug. 16 when the country’s first domestic transmission in a month was detected in Rakhine State’s capital, Sittwe.
Since then, the country has been reporting up to 1,900 cases and almost 40 COVID-19 deaths per day.
Cases have been reported in more than 200 townships across 15 regions and states with Yangon the country’s COVID-19 hotspot.
However, COVID-19 cases and deaths in Yangon have decreased over the past week after reporting more than 1,300 to 1,400 cases and nearly 30 deaths per day for several weeks.
In recent weeks, Myanmar has reported around 1,000 new cases and more than 20 deaths per day.
Yangon is now reporting hundreds of cases per day and on Sunday the region reported 47,604 COVID-19 cases.
To ease the burden on government hospitals overloaded with COVID-19 patients, Myanmar plans to allow private hospitals and clinics to treat the virus.
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