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.
A US$50 million loan from the World Bank will be used to improve the country’s health care systems and support the fight against COVID-19.
The Myanmar government has extended measures to control COVID-19, including a ban on gatherings and suspension of visas and international flights, until May 31.
Yangon has extended a partial lockdown for 10 townships that have the highest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Myanmar.
Mandalay and other cities have begun issuing fines to anyone found outside with their face uncovered.
The support would fund the implementation of Myanmar’s COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan (CERP) to mitigate the economic impacts of the pandemic.
Myanmar health officials are concerned about undetected asymptomatic COVID-19 cases in the population, raising the importance of extensive testing.
The detection of 14 new cases on Thursday brings the tally of COVID-19 patients in Myanmar to 176.