Myanmar’s Health Ministry said that gatherings of less than 30 people will be allowed starting on Sunday, an increase from the current limit of 14 people.
Health Minister Dr. Myint Htwe noted that people in Myanmar have become relaxed about COVID-19 prevention measures, with many workplaces abandoning health guidelines.
Vice-President Henry Van Thio said Myanmar may join “travel bubbles” with countries that have contained COVID-19 but said international flights may not resume until October.
A surgeon in Shan State who shows no symptoms of COVID-19 has tested positive for the disease after previously testing negative for it twice.
Myanmar’s bans on international flights, all visas and public gatherings will continue until June 30.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s warning comes amid spate of people testing positive for COVID-19 after entering Myanmar illegally through Maungdaw Township in Rakhine State.
Buddhist, Muslim and Christian groups in Myanmar are facing legal cases for violating the
government’s ban on mass gatherings.
A health assistant in Muse in northern Shan State has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming Myanmar’s first local case in two weeks.
Most shops, restaurants and workplaces in Myanmar’s large cities are now open as the country has reported no new local transmissions of COVID-19 for two weeks.
The Education Ministry plans to build temporary classrooms to allow for social distancing at schools ahead of their gradual opening in July.
The Yangon chief minister held a Buddhist gathering in breach of Myanmar’s COVID-19 measures, prompting an inquiry by the President’s Office and a lawsuit by a local resident.
The Lower House passed a draft law making it easier for the Health Ministry to introduce containment measures during epidemics and boosting punishments for violators.
The ban on mass gatherings will remain in place, though some groups are now exempt, and stay-at-home restrictions in areas of Yangon will also be lifted.
Over 80 percent of tourism businesses surveyed are extremely affected by the pandemic, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism-backed survey says.
Dr. Myint Myint Sein was discharged from the hospital Monday, six weeks after she risked her own health in an attempt to save a coronavirus patient in early April.