Myanmar Covid-19 cases still soaring as total goes above as total now almost 460,000 as UN warns of major crisis ahead

YANGON, Sept 28 (Xinhua): Myanmar reported 1,282 new Covid-19 cases with a daily test positivity rate of 7.2 per cent, bringing the tally to 459,436 cases in the country on Monday, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.

The death toll has increased to 17,583 on Mondaynight (Sept 28) after 56 more deaths were reported, the statement said.

According to the ministry's figures, a total of 413,821 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovery and over 4.26 million samples have been tested for Covid-19 so far.

Myanmar detected its first two Covid-19 cases on March 23 last year.

Meanwhile, United Nations had earlier said that Myanmar is facing a humanitarian crisis with about 3 million people requiring assistance.

The crisis was exacerbated by the ongoing Covid-19 and events following the detention of political leaders by the military in the country on Feb 1.

Of the 3 million people that need humanitarian assistance, 2 million people were identified since Feb. 1, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The most vulnerable remain families living in urban and peri-urban areas, mainly in Yangon and Mandalay, as well as people affected by conflict in southeastern and western Myanmar, said OCHA.

More than 220,000 people have been internally displaced due to armed clashes as well as overall insecurity since Feb. 1.

The areas most affected include Kachin, Shan, Chin, Kayah and Kayin states and adjacent townships in Sagaing and Magway, it said. - Xinhua

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