YANGON, Oct 12 (Xinhua): Myanmar on Monday (Oct 11) night reported 1,197 new confirmed cases of Covid-19, with a daily test positivity rate of 7.3 per cent in the past 24 hours, bringing the total tally to 479,848.
The Ministry of Health said in a release that with 28 more deaths recorded from the pandemic nationwide, the coronavirus death toll has risen to 18,162.
According to the ministry, the total number of recoveries from Covid-19 stands currently at 432,457 in the Asian country, and over 4.52 million samples have so far been tested for the virus.
Myanmar detected its first two Covid-19 cases on March 23 last year.
Myanmar also will launch a Covid-19 vaccination programme for schoolchildren aged over 12 years next week, state-run media had reported earlier.
About 1 million students of middle and high school level who have enrolled for 2021-2022 academic year will be vaccinated, in an effort to cut the spread of Covid-19 infections, the report said.
According to a release from the Ministry of Health on Sunday (Oct 10), over 4.11 million people have been fully vaccinated nationwide, while over 5.78 million people have received the first jabs of Covid-19 vaccines as of Saturday. - Xinhua