Myanmar gov’t restricts domestic travel to curb COVID-19 spread

The Myanmar government announced the restriction of domestic travel to curb the spread of COVID-19 across the country on Thursday.

The national level Central Committee for Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19, in its message to the public, urged people not to travel except for health and other emergency matters.

The country has been seeing increasing number of local transmissions during the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak which hit again on Aug. 16.

COVID-19 was first detected in Myanmar on March 23.

“It took five months to discover 374 infection cases in the first wave of the disease. The number of infections quadrupled now although it’s been only 24 days since the second wave started on Aug. 16,” Dr. Khin Khin Gyi, director of Contagious Disease Prevention and Eradication Division of Public Health Department under the Health and Sports Ministry, told Xinhua.

During the second wave of the disease outbreak, a total of 1,635 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with rocketing numbers of locally transmitted cases while eight deaths were reported from Aug. 16 to Thursday morning, the committee’s message said.

Of them, 736 cases are from Yangon region while the rest are from other regions and states during the period.

“Active cooperation and participation of the public are needed to reduce the number of infections by following the preventive measures and guidelines by the ministry,” the director said.

From March 23 to Thursday morning, the number of COVID-19 cases totaled 2,009 and its death toll stands at 14, the ministry’s figures showed.

Meanwhile, the operation of international air services was suspended until Sept. 30, to prevent the importation of the disease through air travel while temporary entry restrictions to all incoming visitors, suspension of all types of visas including social visit visas and visa exemption services were also extended until the end of September.

As part of the preventive measures for the containment of the disease, the government has imposed ban on public gatherings and nighttime curfews nationwide and stay-at-homes across the country.



Source: China – ASEAN Business Council