Myanmar & COVID-19

Myanmar Reports Over 1,000 COVID-19 Cases in a Day

By Zaw Zaw Htwe 25 September 2020

Yangon – Myanmar reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths on Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.

On Friday morning, Myanmar reported 8,515 COVID-19, with 1,052 cases on Thursday and 171 cases during the morning.

The country’s COVID-19 death toll reached 155 after 20 more on Thursday and five on Friday morning.

Meanwhile, 2,381 patients have recovered from coronavirus, said the health ministry.

In Asean, Myanmar is fifth for COVID-19 cases, behind the Philippines with more than 297,000 cases, Indonesia with more than 262,000 cases, Singapore with more than 57,000 cases and Malaysia with more than 10,000.

Since overtaking Malaysia’s COVID-19 death toll, Myanmar is now behind Indonesia with more than 10,000 deaths and the Philippines with more than 5,100 fatalities.

Myanmar’s health ministry reported COVID-19 cases in 205 townships across 14 states and regions with only Kayah State reporting no coronavirus cases.

Myanmar has reported more than 8,100 COVID-19 cases since Aug. 16, when the country’s domestic transmission in a month was detected in Rakhine State, compared to 374 cases in the preceding five months.

A total of 149 COVID-19 deaths have been reported since Sept. 4, compared to six deaths between March and August.

At noon on Thursday, Yangon reported more than 5,800 cases, reporting around 500 cases per day. On Wednesday, Yangon reported 783 new cases.

Meanwhile, the second-hardest-hit state or region is Rakhine State, which has reported more than 1,200 COVID-19 cases.

All Yangon Region residents, except for those on the islands of Cocokyun Township, have been ordered to stay at home since Sept. 21.

Garment factories in the city have been ordered to stop their operations until Oct. 7 and other businesses and organizations have been told to work from home.

The health authorities initially said to fight the pandemic in the city a containment strategy would be used, treating all patients and placing anyone thought to be infected under quarantine for COVID-19 tests.

However, as the infection rate rises, the health ministry is considering changing its COVID-19 strategy, said Professor Zaw Wai Soe, vice-chairman of Yangon’s coordinating of COVID-19 prevention, control and treatment committee, on Thursday.

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