Myanmar Covid-19 infections continue to rise and total now goes above 264,527

Locals line up with their tanks to refill oxygen during the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak in Yangon, Myanmar. - Reuters

YANGON, July 24 (Xinhua): The number of Covid-19 infections rose to 264,527 in Myanmar after 5,657 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports on Saturday.

With 297 new deaths, the overall death toll was recorded at 6,756 on Saturday, the release said.

A total of 4,228 patients have been discharged from hospitals on Saturday, bringing the number of recoveries to 181,249 so far.

A new batch of Covid-19 vaccines donated by China arrived in Myanmar's Yangon International Airport on Saturday night, state-run media reported.

Meanwhile, the 107th joint Mekong River patrol by China, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand, concluded on Friday, with three Chinese law-enforcement vessels returning home to a port in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

A total of four vessels from China and Laos navigated over 600 km over four days and three nights, according to the Yunnan provincial public security department. Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand sent police to carry out land patrols.

The patrol had targeted illegal immigration in the Mekong River basin, said the department.

During the operation, the law enforcement officers have constantly warned passing merchant ships of heavy rainfalls and risks of rising water level.

The Mekong River, known as the Lancang River in China, is a vital waterway for cross-border shipping.

China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand have been carrying out joint patrols on the Mekong River since December 2011. - Xinhua

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