Record catch: Myanmar military seizes US$634mil worth of narcotic drugs; Covid-19 cases surges above 86,000

YANGON, Nov 28 (Xinhua): The Myanmar military has seized a large haul of narcotic drugs which were worth 837 billion kyats (US$634.09 million) in the first 11 months of this year, a military spokesperson told a press briefing in the capital.

The military confiscated over 921kg of heroin, 21,139kg of methamphetamine (ICE), 237.5 million stimulant tablets and others as of Nov. 24, Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun of the Military True News Information Team said.

The military also seized 1,953 tons of illegal timbers worth over 4.65 billion kyats (US$3.52 million) from Oct 17 to Nov 24, as part of measures to protect natural resources from illicit trafficking, the spokesperson said.

As part of operations to strengthen the rule of law within Myanmar territorial sea, the navy recently seized illegal logs laden by 12 vessels, along with 61 suspects in the sea near Taungup township of western Rakhine state, he said.

Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases has risen to 86,633, with 1,428 new recent cases in Myanmar so far, according to a statement from the Health and Sports Myanmar on Friday.

Some 19 new deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 1,865 as of Friday, the statement said.

A total of 65,972 recovered patients have been discharged from hospitals.

Over 1.11 million samples have been tested for the disease since the virus was first detected in Myanmar on March 23 this year. - Xinhua
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