Four million doses of Chinese Covid-19 Sinopharm vaccines arrive in Myanmar as cases keep rising in country


YANGON, Oct 17 (Xinhua): Another batch of four million doses of China's Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccines, purchased by Myanmar, arrived in Yangon on Friday (Oct 15), according to a release from the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar.

China has supplied 26.6 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Myanmar as of Friday, of which 5.9 million doses were donated by China, the release said.

According to the Ministry of Health's figures on Friday, the number of Covid-19 infections has risen to 485,646 in Myanmar after 1,329 new cases were reported in the past 24 hours.

With 42 new deaths, the death toll was recorded at 18,297, the ministry said.

The daily test positivity was registered at 7.6 percent on Friday and over 4.59 million samples have been tested for COVID-19 so far.

A total of 437,855 recovered patients have been discharged from hospitals as of Friday.

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

Myanmar reported 1,205 new Covid-19 cases with a daily test positivity rate of 6.8 percent in the past 24 hours, according to a release from the Ministry of Health on Saturday.

The number of total Covid-19 cases rose to 486,851 on Saturday.

The death toll increased to 18,329 after 32 new deaths were reported, the release said.

As many as 1,291 more patients have been discharged from hospitals on Saturday, bringing the number of recoveries to 439,146 so far.

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