Myanmar: Covid-19 cases escalating as over 500 arrested for violating lockdown rules

  • Myanmar
  • Sunday, 27 Sep 2020

A man riding a bicycle on an empty road of the downtown area of Yangon on Saturday night (Sept 26, 2020). Yangon is in a lockdown as escalating Covid-19 cases has almost reached the 10,000 mark in Myanmar. - AFP

YANGON, Sept 27 (Xinhua): A total of 525 people were arrested in Myanmar in a week for violating the Covid-19 rules, state-run media quoted Myanmar Police Force as saying on Sunday.

From Sept 19 to 25, the police charged 26 people for breaking the Covid-19 rules and filed 73 cases against 149 people for violating curfew across the country.

During the period, a total of 350 people who did not wear face masks in public were also arrested across the country under the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases Law.

The national-level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of Covid-19 issued a nighttime curfew in some regions and states including Yangon region to contain the spread of the pandemic.

At present, some townships in Yangon, Mandalay, Bago, Ayeyarwaddy regions and Mon state are under the stay-at-home order as those townships have recently seen increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases.

Myanmar has reported 9,991 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 198 deaths in the country so far, according to the latest figures released by the Ministry of Health and Sports.

Myanmar reported its first two Covid-19 cases on March 23 and first death on March 31.

According to the Ministry's release, Myanmar reported 880 new confirmed cases and 24 more deaths on Saturday night.

The death toll stands at 198 while 2,681 patients have been discharged from the hospitals so far. - Xinhua
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