Myanmar’s true pandemic has begun

This week, the new wave of coronavirus infections raged on with no signs of slowing. At the time of writing, authorities have confirmed more than 1800 cases and 12 deaths. The new wave apparently originated from an outbreak in mid August in Rakhine S

COVID-19 cases surge with Rakhine outbreak

The recent outbreak of locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases in Rakhine State has proved to be the country’s worst since the early months of the pandemic. Authorities have reported more than 100 new cases since August 16th, increasing the total nu

Government fears new COVID-19 wave in Rakhine

On August 17th, the government reported the first locally-transmitted COVID-19 case in more than a month: “Case 375,” a bank worker in Sittwe, Rakhine State. Two days later, three more cases emerged in Sittwe, two of which had been in con

Myanmar will embrace Russian COVID-19 vaccine

The Myanmar government will begin importing and administering Russia’s new COVID-19 vaccine, pending approval from the World Health Organization (WHO). Speaking alongside State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi via Facebook live stream, Ministry

Myanmar imports more COVID cases

Two Myanmar citizens returning from abroad have tested positive for the coronavirus, apparently contracting COVID-19 abroad. One, a 15-year-old woman from Mandalay Region, recently returned from Sudan. The other, a 19-year-old man from Chin State, re

Travel ban extended again

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has extended the ban on most international flights and visas until the end of July. It is the sixth time the restrictions, originally introduced on May 15, have been prolonged. Under the restrictions, almost all intern