Myanmar & COVID-19

Myanmar’s Kayah State Reports First COVID-19 Case

By Zaw Zaw Htwe 16 October 2020

Yangon – Kayah State reported its first COVID-19 case on Thursday, meaning every state and region in Myanmar has now detected coronavirus.

The Kayah health authorities said a 35-year-old nurse who attended medical training at Yangon’s Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital for nine months has tested positive for COVID-19 while she was being quarantined in the Kayah capital, Loikaw.

She had been in quarantine since Oct. 6 when she returned from Yangon.

Dr. Tun Nay Win, director of the Loikaw Public Health Department, told The Irrawaddy on Friday that the women who shared a quarantine ward with the nurse will be tested.

“The patient was moved into isolation in Loikaw Hospital last night when we received her test result. She is in good health without any COVID-19 symptoms,” he said.

Dr. Tun Nay Win added that the state government is working to prevent people returning to their homes without informing the authorities.

Any returnees to the state with nearly 300,000 residents being placed in quarantine for 14 days and an additional seven days of home isolation.

Approximately 362 people are quarantined across the state, said Dr. Tun Nay Win.

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 the Rakhine State capital, Sittwe.

Since Aug. 16, Myanmar has reported 31,977 COVID-19 cases and 759 fatalities, compared with 374 cases and six deaths from March 23 to Aug. 16.

On Friday morning, Myanmar reported 32,351 COVID-19 cases, including 765 deaths and 14,706 recoveries.

On Thursday, Myanmar’s coronavirus hotspot, Yangon, reported more than 25,000 cases, followed by Rakhine State with more than 2,200 cases.

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