Myanmar & COVID-19

Myanmar Reports 12th COVID-19 Death

By Zaw Zaw Htwe 9 September 2020

Yangon – Myanmar reported its 12th COVID-19 death on Wednesday after six deaths since Sept. 4, while more than 1,800 cases have now been recorded.

Four COVID-19 deaths were reported within 12 hours by Wednesday morning.

On Sep. 4, Myanmar reported its seventh COVID-19 death when a 46-year-old woman from Yangon’s Thanlyin Township died at Waibargi infectious Diseases Hospital since testing positive for coronavirus on Sept. 3.

On Sept. 6, the eighth COVID-19 death was reported when a 67-year-old woman from Yangon’s Thingangyun Township, who had suffered from kidney disease and diabetes, died due to respiratory system damage at Thingangyun Hospital.

A 51-year-old from Yangon’s Pazundaung Township, who had been treated at the Waibargi Infectious Diseases Hospital since Sept. 1, died on Wednesday morning. He died due to the heart failure and respiratory damage caused by coronavirus, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.

A 57-year-old woman, who was suffering from hypertension, diabetes and other conditions, died on Tuesday evening from respiratory damage at Thingangyun Hospital.

On Tuesday, the health ministry announced the death of a 65-year-old, who suffered from hypertension and diabetes, at Mawlamyine Hospital in Mon State.

An 82-year-old woman from Yangon’s Hlegu Township, who had hypertension and diabetes, died at the temporary Phaunggyi hospital on Tuesday.

Myanmar is currently reporting more than 100 new cases per day. The surge began on Aug. 16, when a 26-year-old female employee at a bank in the Rakhine State capital, Sittwe, became the first case of domestically transmitted COVID-19 since July 16. The previous case was also in Rakhine.

As of Wednesday morning, Myanmar has reported 1,807 COVID-19 cases, including 12 deaths and 460 recoveries since March 23.

On Sept. 9, Yangon Region’s cases overtook those reported in Rakhine State.

Since Aug. 16, Yangon has reported 675 COVID-19 cases compared to Rakhine State’s 569.

The health ministry said quarantine centers in Yangon are struggling to house the increasing numbers who require isolation.

The Yangon authorities are providing quarantine accommodation for more than 6,000 people, including returnees from other countries and Rakhine State, as well as those with a history of contact with reported COVID-19 patients.

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