YANGON, Aug 1 (Xinhua): Myanmar has vaccinated over 1.8 million people for Covid-19 as of July 21 this year, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing said in a televised message to the public.
"Vaccination was given in all regions and states from Jan. 27 to July 21 this year, over 1.8 million people, 6.08 percent of the target population, were vaccinated two times," Min Aung Hlaing said.
Fifty percent of the total population is expected to get vaccinated at the end of this year, he added.
According to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar reported 3,480 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the tally in the country to 302,665.
The death toll has reached 9,731 after 397 more deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, the release said.
A total of 213,227 patients have been discharged from the hospitals and over 3.16 million samples have been tested for Covid-19 so far.
Meanwhile, the State Administration Council on Sunday announced the extension of the public holiday period for one more week to Aug. 8, in an effort to cut the chain of Covid-19 infections.
Min Aung Hlaing also stressed that the military has prepared to admit 39,000 patients at 1,278 patient treatment centers while civilian units have made preparations to admit 71,500 patients at 1,453 centers and arrangements will be made to extend community Covid-19 positive centres where necessary.
Myanmar detected its first two positive cases of Covid-19 on March 23 last year. - Xinhua