Gradual decline in virus positivity rate

Myanmar has seen a gradual decline in daily testing positivity rate of Covid-19 so far, a health expert said.

“The percentage of positive tests has declined to around 8% starting the first week of this month when it was around 19% to 21% in the previous two months, ” said professor Soe Lwin Nyein, a public health expert and senior adviser of the Health and Sports Ministry.

He said the positivity rate is still high and the transmission rate in the community is high unless it remains below 5%.

Public health authorities have been trying to cut the chain of community transmissions by promoting non-pharmaceutical interventions while the treatment measures are also being strictly taken to cure the patients.

“As long as people actively follow the non-pharmaceutical interventions, the testing positivity rate will decline to less than 5%, ” the expert said.

“If the positivity remains below 5% for at least two weeks, it means the transmission is under control and the government may ease some restrictions in the country, ” he added.

The number of Covid-19 cases resurged in Myanmar since Aug 16 amid the second wave of outbreak, when the densely populated Yangon region has witnessed rocketing numbers of infection cases.

According to the ministry’s figures, the country saw 2.2% of case fatality rate on Wednesday while it was 2.3% on Tuesday.

Myanmar confirmed the first two cases of Covid-19 on March 23.

A total of 552,448 samples have been tested for the infectious disease as of Wednesday.

So far, 39,696 positive cases and 972 deaths have been reported while a total of 18,865 recovered patients have been discharged from hospitals, according to the ministry’s latest figures. — Xinhua

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