With new China deal, vaccines in sight

The country’s first COVID-19 vaccinations are on the horizon. Following a deal to buy vaccine doses from India, China this week offered Myanmar some of its approved vaccine for free. Furthermore, the Ministry of Health and Sports said it will s

COVID rates drop, first vaccines in sight

The rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to decline into the new year, with daily case counts dipping to between 500 and 700 this week. The number is a huge drop from a mere month ago, when daily confirmed cases ranged between 1000 and 1500. Fu

Health system overburdened as pandemic exceeds 90k cases

Myanmar’s COVID-19 cases broke 90,000 this week. As people gathered in homes, parks and pagodas to celebrate the Full Moon Day of Tazaungdaing, the Ministry of Health and Sports urged people to follow personal safety guidelines as strict lockdo

Japan to give USD 420 million in COVID relief

A state visit by Japanese foreign minister Toshimitsu Motegi ended in an offer of JPY 45 billion—roughly USD 420 million—in additional COVID-19 recovery assistance. The foreign minister and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also discussed way

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

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