YANGON, July 26 (Xinhua): The number of Covid-19 cases in crisis-hit Myanmar has increased to 274,155 on Monday after 4,630 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports.
A total of 396 new deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 7,507 in the country as of Monday, the release said.
According to the ministry's release, a total of 189,729 patients have been discharged from hospitals and over 3.08 million samples have been tested for Covid-19 so far.
Myanmar detected its first two Covid-19 cases on March 23 last year.
Myanmar’s ongoing political turmoil after the junta takeover in February and a rapidly-rising third wave of Covid-19 cases are severely impacting an economy that had already been weakened by the pandemic in 2020.
The economy is expected to contract around 18 percent in Myanmar’s 2021 Fiscal Year (Oct 2020-Sep 2021), with damaging implications for lives, livelihoods, poverty and future growth, according to the World Bank’s Myanmar Economic Monitor, on Monday (July 26). - Xinhua