This week Myanmar’s authorities and food dealers moved to ensure staples arrived at reasonable prices amid the panic-buying that followed three COVID-19 confirmations.
Mainland China reported no new locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row and Hubei Province, where the pandemic began, has started to lift restrictions.
Over one fifth of American companies say they are already back to normal operations, with another quarter expected to be back to normal by the end of April.
The heads of the Confederation of Trade Unions in Myanmar and Our Generation Network tell The Irrawaddy factories should not use COVID-19 as an excuse to sack staff.
Bangladesh’s foreign minister says Myanmar’s response to the Rohingya refugee crisis has been woeful.
Myanmar has announced the closure of all its land borders to foreign nationals in a preventative measure against the coronavirus.
For the first time since the coronavirus emerged there late last year, the Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday reported no new infections.
The government has told diplomats based in Myanmar and its staff overseas to cancel all public events to avoid spreading the coronavirus.
If China’s plan for a high-speed railway between Kyaukphyu in Rakhine State and Yunnan goes ahead, it will realize a vision first put forward by 19th-century colonizers.
All but one of the 21 new coronavirus cases reported in China on Tuesday were imported from overseas, health authorities said.
The government has been slow to act on coronavirus, on both the health and economic fronts; so far only luck has spared it a real test of its crisis-management skills.
The coronavirus has dominated business in Myanmar with interest rates falling, the Indian border closing and a special committee opening to address the economic impact.
Hungry for electricity, Myanmar is accepting China’s offers of cheap LNG stations and crossborder transmissions. But relying on Chinese power poses dangers, experts warn.
The Hubei provincial government in China said certain key industries in Wuhan—the origin of the coronavirus pandemic—can resume operations, citing a drop in new cases.
Despite the lack of any coronavirus cases in Myanmar, the virus has hit factory supply chains, the dollar exchange markets and the export sector.