The Irrawaddy briefs you on the week that was in the national legislature.
As Myanmar ramps up efforts to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 in the country, The Irrawaddy sits down with writer and doctor Ma Thida and Yangon lawmaker Ko Nay Phone Latt.
Residents in Yangon and Mandalay apartment blocks where two coronavirus patients lived have been forced to stay indoors.
Myanmar has confirmed two new COVID-19 cases, one in Mandalay and one in Yangon, bringing the country’s total to five confirmed cases, all imported.
"As a health worker, we just go where we need to be,” said a doctor who volunteered to go to Chin State, where one of Myanmar’s first COVID-19 cases was reported.
Health care workers are being evicted by landlords concerned about the spread of COVID-19 but other local residents of Mandalay have opened their doors to them.
The aid industry as we know it may be one of the many victims of the coronavirus pandemic. At minimum, globalization has taken a big hit; protectionism is back—with a vengeance.
The government has told half of its employees to stay home as it ramps up efforts to combat COVID-19. The order excludes health treatment providers at government hospitals.
ASEAN leaders must do more to coordinate their efforts to combat COVID-19 as each country’s health depends on that of its neighbors.
Thailand has closed its borders to most foreigners as the country prepares for a state of emergency that will grant the prime minister sweeping powers to combat COVID-19.
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.
People in India voiced concerns about access to medicine and how they will feed their families under the lockdown that began Wednesday as COVID-19 spread across the country.
Since January, fighting between the Arakan Army and Myanmar’s military has intensified dramatically, killing hundreds as Myanmar focuses attention on the threat of COVID-19.
The Chin State authorities have called for more protective equipment, saying it is poorly prepared to cope with a possible COVID-19 outbreak.
Myanmar’s parliamentary speaker has rejected a proposal to summon the military-dominated National Defence and Security Council to address a possible COVID-19 outbreak.