Myanmar's Covid-19 woes and cases surging away; eight more deaths reported


  • Myanmar
  • Sunday, 27 Jun 2021

nti-coup protesters shout slogans as they march, during a protest at Pabedan township against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on Saturday, June 26, 2021. - AP

YANGON, June 26 (Xinhua/Reuters): Myanmar reported 783 new Covid-19 cases and eight more deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the total infections to 152, 356 and the death toll to 3, 290, according to a release from the Health and Sports Ministry on Saturday night (June 26).

Over 2.7 million samples have been tested for Covid-19 in the country so far.

A total of 135, 050 patients have been discharged from hospitals after 271 more patients recovered on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a stay-at-home order, which will be in effect on Sunday, was imposed by the ministry in Lashio township of Shan State on Saturday as the township has recently seen a rise in daily Covid-19 cases.

The ministry has imposed the stay-at-home order in 10 townships across the country so far.

To add to the country's woes, an estimated 230, 000 people have been displaced by fighting in Myanmar and need assistance, the United Nations said on Thursday, as a major armed ethnic group expressed concern about military force, civilian deaths and a widening of the conflict.

Myanmar has been in crisis since a Feb. 1 coup ousted an elected government, prompting nationwide anger that has led to protests, killings and bombings, and battles on several fronts between troops and newly formed civilian armies.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said relief operations were ongoing but were being hindered by armed clashes, violence and insecurity in the country.

It said 177, 000 people were displaced in Karen state bordering Thailand, 103, 000 in the past month, while more than 20, 000 people were sheltering at 100 displacement areas after fighting between People's Defence Forces and the army in Chin State bordering India.

Several thousand people had fled fighting in northern Kachin and Shan States, regions with established ethnic minority armies with a long history of hostilities with the military.

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