Myanmar's Covid-19 cases increase to 137,574, deaths reach 3,062


In this photo released by the Indian Embassy in Myanmar, boxes of the Covishield vaccine that were delivered from India are unloaded at the tarmac of the Yangon International Airport Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Yangon, Myanmar. - AP

YANGON (Xinhua): The number of Covid-19 cases in Myanmar has increased to 137,574 as of Sunday (Jan 24), according to a statement from the Ministry of Health and Sports.

A total of 476 newly confirmed Covid-19 cases were reported in the country on Sunday while the death toll stood at 3,062 with 17 newly reported, the statement said.

According to the ministry's figures, a total of 121,558 patients have been discharged from the hospitals so far.

The daily test positivity rate was recorded at 2.5 per cent on Sunday and over 2.26 million samples have been tested for Covid-19 so far, the statement said.

The first batch of Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield vaccine, arrived in Myanmar on Jan 22 and the shots are expected to be distributed to about 750,000 people this week.

Myanmar reported its first two positive cases of Covid-19 on March 23 last year.

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