Myanmar’s 296 townships affected by Covid-19

As Myanmar enters its third wave of Covid-19 spread, almost 90 per cent of the country’s townships are being affected by the deadly virus. 296 of 330 townships nationwide reported COVID-19 cases since May.

On Friday, Myanmar has reported the highest fatalities since the military coup with 64 deaths and 4,320 new COVID-19 cases.

General Min Aung Hlaing said that “the current infection [outbreak] in Myanmar is serious” in a meeting on COVID-19 prevention and control measures. He also mentioned that it is spreading faster than the first and second waves of the coronavirus epidemic in Myanmar.

“If necessary, restrictions should be tightened so the people strictly follow the orders related to COVID-19,” he added.

The day before yesterday, the Military regime-controlled television announced that all schools including private and monastic schools will be closed until 23rd July. Borders with China and Thailand are closed as well.

Myanmar’s Health Ministry said they have found three mutant strains of the coronavirus including Delta strain (the one from India) in mid-June.

Till now, Myanmar had reported a total of 184,375 COVID-19 cases with 3,685 deaths.