Myanmar govt lifts some virus measures, extends remaining ones until June 15

Source : Myanmar Times
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May 29, 2020

The Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment on COVID-19 on May 28 announced that it will be extending virus prevention measures (excluding those measures lifted) until June 15.

Additionally, the Ministry of Health and Sports said that it has lifted some of the measures imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus on the same day.

At 6:30pm on Thursday [May 28], state media cited a press release from the health ministry informing that stay-at-home instructions have been revoked at four townships in Yangon Region starting 4pm on May 29.

Data based on the surveillance of COVID-19 situation by the ministry showed that the four townships - Bahan, Pabedan, South Okkalapa and Tarmwe – have improved activities in controlling and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Earlier, the ministry announced that four out of ten townships, namely Mingaladon, Hlaing Tharyar, Shwe Pyi Thar and Botahtaung in Yangon, which have been placed under stay-home orders to control the spread of the coronavirus, will be removed from the restriction on May 14.

Meanwhile, a directive signed by the health minister Dr Myint Htwe, has included five categories where gathering of five or more persons will now be allowed.

 

The categories are: (1) working at governmental departments, organisations, companies, factories and workshops; (2) public, private and monastic schools; (3) to hold meetings, discussions and classes at governmental departments, organisations, companies, factories and workshops in accordance to the health ministry guidelines; (4) eating at food shops which have been allowed to re-open as they follow the ministry’s guidelines; and (5) working at essential jobs described in the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population’s May 5-notice which include essential jobs, service businesses related to the public, and businesses essential to the public.

Yangon now accounts for 161 of all COVID-19 cases in the country. Seventy-one out of the 161 cases in Yangon were traced to a religious ceremony in Insein township, including that of famous most Myanmar rock star Myo Gyi. Among 161 cases in Yangon, Insein township is highest with 49 cases.

No cases have been found yet only in Kayah State.

So far Myanmar has reported 206 COVID-19 cases with six deaths and 124 recoveries, according to the health ministry data.

TOP IMAGE: An employee from a teashop measures the temperature of a customer in Yangon. Photo: Aung Htay Hlaing/The Myanmar Times


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