Also this week, Russian ties get cozier and the regime leader remains deliberately vague on the future of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Myanmar people are increasingly criticizing the ineffectiveness of the World Health Organization and other United Nations agencies.
The junta-controlled Central Bank of Myanmar’s latest restrictions on US dollars are a further sign that the economy is collapsing.
The BA.4 and BA.5 variants of Omicron are fast becoming the dominant cause of COVID-19 infections around the world.
The move follows revelations in March of widespread human rights violations in Myanmar’s jails, with political prisoners the victims of abuse by prison authorities.
Over a year after the coup and Beijing scents the opportunity to increase its economic presence and influence in the country.
The COVID-19 surge in Myanmar poses a super-spreader threat and without cross-border vaccination, Thailand could be at risk.
Many suspect U Chit Khine’s arrest is due to his close ties with ousted leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD.
Dr. Htar Htar Lin, director of Myanmar’s immunization program, sent back international aid money before the regime could seize it.
The regime wants to show life has returned to normal under military rule but few people might attend parties to mark new year.
The chairperson of the Arr Man charity, which helps COVID-19 victims, was gunned down by regime troops on Sunday.
Over 300 inmates of Mandalay’s Obo Prison including political prisoners are ill with coronavirus symptoms, but many are not even being given paracetamol.
Aid workers said the displaced persons camp in Lay Kay Kaw, recently the scene of intense fighting between junta and resistance forces, lacks isolation facilities.
Observers suspect the actual number of cases will be far higher because many people isolate at home.
Many of those crossing have Thai work permits but the border is closed because of COVID-19 restrictions.