Returnees bring COVID-19 to Kayin, Tanintharyi

The first cases of COVD-19 have been confirmed in Kayin State and Tanintharyi Region, apparently brought back by returning migrant workers. Of the five confirmed cases in these areas, it seems two contracted the disease in Thailand and three in Malay

Workers at the center of Myanmar’s COVID-19 battle

In a recent meeting with the ministers of Kayin, Mon and Thaninaryi, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi gave assurances that returning migrants would find safety and acceptance. She urged people who have been working illegally in China, Thailand a

Govt releases list of essential businesses

The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population has identified a list of businesses that must be allowed to stay open during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The list (included at the end of this article) includes fire fighting services; hospitals,

COVID-19 loan guarantees may become law

Myanmar may soon enact a law to guarantee loans made to small and medium enterprises. The Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry is drafting a Credit Guarantee Corporation Law, U Thant Sin, director of that ministry’s Financial Regulatory D

Army reports first COVID-19 cases

The military announced the first COVID-19 case among its soldiers, followed by the announcement that two officers training in Russia had also tested positive for the disease. The soldier is currently receiving treatment in Nay Pyi Taw and is in stabl

Sweeping economic stimulus plan unveiled

The Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry has released a comprehensive COVID-19 stimulus plan that will inject billions of dollars into the Myanmar economy. In an official report, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said the plan will both help th