Coronavirus in Yangon, Myanmar – March 2020
Myanmar first 2 cases of the Novel Coronavirus was confirmed late on Monday March 23rd 2020, with both cases imported.
Whole the city got a long night last night when the authorities block some street and stop people going out unless urgent,
These weeks there is a big flows of Myanmar oversea from Thailand and China coming home. The risk of outbreak is in the air.
Myanmar has long and porous border with Thailand and China. Hundreds thousand people has been working in these countries. Their works suddenly stopped and feel nowhere like home. They start to comeback.
Myanmar government seems not ready to expect that many people.
At the border gates local have to declare in full their health status but some does not provide the truth, some refuse the medical quarantine. You would see the chaos of people running and chasing.
In a press release, the Ministry of Health and Sports confirmed that two Myanmar men tested positive for the virus and were hospitalized.
They include a 26-year-old man who returned from the U.K. had arrived in Yangon on Sunday. He was subsequently quarantined in Yangon, where he tested positive for COVID-19.
The other patient, a 36-year-old male and U.S. green card holder, arrived in Yangon on March 13 and traveled to the western Chin state. He experienced fever a week after arriving in Myanmar and tested positive for COVID-19. He is now under isolation at a hospital in Chin State.
The country’s Ministry of Education on Tuesday ordered the closure of colleges and universities across the country. All schools remain closed since early March as part of the country’s annual summer vacation that will continue till June.
Health authorities have been on high alert since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus a pandemic earlier this month.
The government announced last week that incoming travelers from 14 countries must remain in quarantine for 14 days at government facilities.
Yangon March 23rd 2020