Myanmar imposes stay-at-home order in Letpadan amid rise of Covid-19 infections; total now 148,022


This photo taken and received courtesy of an anonymous source via Facebook on June 21, 2021 shows protesters, some holding flares, taking part in a demonstration against the military coup in Monywa, Sagaing region. - AFP

YANGON, June 21 (Xinhua): The Covid-19 cases in Myanmar have increased to 148,022 on Sunday (June 20) after 407 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports.

Four new deaths from the coronavirus epidemic were reported on Sunday, bringing the Covid-19 related death toll to 3,262 in the Asian country, the release said.

The official data showed that a total of 133,606 recovered patients were discharged from hospitals, and over 2.67 million samples have been tested for COVID-19 so far in the country, including 3,431 samples tested on Sunday.

The daily Covid-19 cases increased to around 100 since late May and the ministry has recently issued a stay-at-home order in eight townships that have recorded high infection rates in efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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

Myanmar's Ministry of Health and Sports imposed a stay-at-home order in Letpadan township, Bago region, state-run media has reported.

The stay-at-home order will be in effect starting Saturday as the township has recently seen a rise in Covid-19 test positivity rate.

According to the ministry's release on Friday, Myanmar reported 301 new Covid-19 infections with one more death in the past 24 hours.

The Covid-19 cases rose to 147,069 while its death toll was recorded at 3,251 on Friday, the release said.

A total of 133,452 recovered patients have been discharged from hospitals so far. - Xinhua
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