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Republic of the Union of Myanmar State Administration Council

Order No 217/2021

15th Waxing of Waso 1383 ME

23 July 2021

EXTENSION OF PUBLIC HOLIDAYS FOR EFFECTIVE COVID-19 PREVENTION, CONTROL AND TREATMENT ACTIVITIES

In order to break the chain of COVID-19 infection by adhering to the rules and regulations during the public holidays, the State Administration Council has issued Notification No (211/2021) to designate the successive public holidays. To contain the COVID-19 infection and return to normally as soon as possible, the public holidays are extended to 1 August from 26 July 2021 (except for the Central Bank of Myanmar and its subsidiaries – government banks and private banks) under Section 25 of the Offices Holidays and Transferrable Contracts Act.

By Order,

Aung Lin Dwe

Lieutenant – General

Secretary

State Administration Council

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Myanmar receives 30,000 Remdesivir drugs used in COVID-19 treatment from NSIC

A Tatmadaw aircraft landed at Nay Pyi Taw Airport, carrying 30,000 Remdesivir drugs donated by the National Strategic Investment Corporation Co. Ltd (NSIC) to the State Administration Council from Hyderabad, India, yesterday evening.

Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Thet Khaing Win received the donated drugs from the General Manager of NSIC at the airport. The Remdesivir drugs are used for emergency treatment of COVID-19. It is the most effective medicine to reduce the death toll from the highly contagious COVID-19 virus worldwide.

It was developed by Gileat Sciences Inc. in the United States of America and is FDA-approved in the US and Europe. In addition, Hetero Labs Limited from India has purchased a production licence from Gileat Sciences Inc, to manufacture and distribute Remdesivir in developing countries. NSIC ordered 30,000 drugs worth 3 billion kyats from India and donated them to the people of Myanmar through the State Administration Council.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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To prevent and control the infection of COVID-19, a public holiday is declared from July 17 to July 25

The State Administration Council issued Notification No. (211/2021) on (July 14) as a long public holiday from July 17 to July 25, 2021. The statement said the State Administration Council should work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus. July 20 and July 22 are considered as two public holidays, which are related to public holidays for control treatment.

In addition, on July 17, 2021, July 18 and July 19 (Saturday, Sunday and Martyrs’ Day) and July 21 is Eid al-Adha (Kurbani Eid). July 24 and July 25 (public holidays of Waso and Saturday and Sunday) are public holidays, the statement said. Therefore, COVID-19 infection can be effectively prevented and treated. Control The State Administration Council has declared between 20 July and 22 July as public holidays for treatment, and the State Administration Council has declared in accordance with Section 25 of the Contracts Act, which can be transferred from July 17 to July 25 as a long public holiday.

During the holidays, for effective prevention of the spread of COVID-19, the public should live in their own homes or dormitories and not travel except for duties and funerals, only shops selling meat, fish and basic foodstuffs and drinking water should be opened, to continue to provide health care services for restaurants to sell medicine and medical equipment by parcel system only, government hospitals, private hospitals and clinics; if you have to leave your home, necessary preventive measures, including nasal masks, must be worn and failure to strictly comply with the terms and conditions issued by COVID-19 will result in disciplinary action in accordance with existing laws.

Source: Daily Eleven

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The COVID-19 vaccine will be given up to 50 percent of the population by 2021

The COVID-19 vaccine will be given to up to 50 percent of the population by 2021, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports. Currently, one million vaccines will arrive in Myanmar this month, with more coming in the coming months, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports. At present, the Covishield vaccine purchased from Myanmar cannot be exported from India on time. Vaccines are being made available in Russia, and the public will be required to wear a nasal mask after the vaccination. Hand washing; According to the Ministry of Health and Sports, preventive measures such as separation from each other will continue.

Efforts are also being made to make the current immunizations available as soon as possible. Private health care providers and staff; Volunteers will be given priority. 300,000 people have been donated the COVID-19 vaccine Sinopharm in China, which has a population of 150,000. The vaccine is currently being administered in different regions and states. Quotas are distributed depending on the outbreak, and the priority list includes education staff from basic to higher education, with limited access to hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccines. About 1.75 million people have received the full COVID-19 vaccine in Myanmar, the Union Minister for Health and Sports said at a COVID-19 coordination meeting on July 7.

Vaccination services are also being given to target groups depending on the availability of drugs, and about 1.75 million people have received the full vaccine. The Union Minister also said that private health care organizations have been allowed to import and sell their vaccines with the permission of the Food and Drug Administration. The Ministry distributed 12 million oral masks in June 2021 and plans to distribute another five million in June 2021 to raise awareness of preventive measures among the people. These oral and nasal masks (Surgical Masks) were distributed in townships, Neighborhood Crowded markets in villages; The Union Minister said that free distribution was being carried out at places such as bus stops.

Source: Daily Eleven

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Republic of the Union of Myanmar Request information of Central Committee for Prevention, Control and Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

14th Waning of Nayon 1383 ME

8 July 2021

  1. As the variant COVID-19 is spreading across Myanmar at present, number of infected persons is on the rise day by day.
  2. As such, the information was released that basic education schools (including private schools and monastic education schools) opened across Myanmar will be closed temporarily from 9-7-2021 to 23-7-2021 in order to control and prevent the spreading of COVID-19 infection in time.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Effective period for temporary measures to prevent importation of COVID-19 to Myanmar through air travel extended until 31 July 2021

The effective period for the Temporary Measures to Prevent Importation of COVID-19 to Myanmar through Air Travel issued on 29 March 2020 by the Ministry of Health and Sports was extended up to 30 June 2021, 23:59 hours of Myanmar Standard Time, in line with the approval of the Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19. As the infection of this disease remains increasing in most of the countries, and the current effective period will be further extended with the approval of the Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19, until 31 July 2021, 23:59 hours of Myanmar Standard Time to prevent infection of COVID-19 to Myanmar through passengers of international airlines.
Ministry of Transport and Communications

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Announcement on Extension of the Precautionary Restriction Measures Relating to Control of the COVID-19 Pandemic until 31 July 2021

  1. With a view to the further strengthening of measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has issued the following announcements regarding temporary entry re-strictions for visitors from all countries. All those restrictions were extended until 30 June 2021 by the Ministry’s announcement dated 31 May 2021.
    (a) Announcement dated 15 March 2020 regarding precautionary measures for all travellers visiting Myanmar;
    (b) Announcement dated 20 March 2020 regarding additional precautionary measures for travellers visiting Myanmar and temporary suspension of issuance of visa on Arrival and e-visa;
    (c) Announcement dated 24 March 2020 regarding additional precautionary measures for travellers from all countries visiting Myanmar;
    (d) Announcement dated 28 March 2020 regarding temporary suspension of all types of visas (including social visit visas) and visa exemption services.
  2. In order to continue its effective response measures to protect the population of the country from the risks of importation and spread of the COVID-19, the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has decided to extend the afore-mentioned entry re-striction measures until 31 July 2021.
  3. In case of urgent official missions or compelling reasons, foreign nationals, including diplomats and United Nations officials, who wish to travel to Myanmar by available relief or special flights, may contact the nearest Myanmar Mission for pos-sible exception with regard to certain visa restrictions. However, all visitors must abide by existing directives issued by the Ministry of Health and Sports relating to the pre-vention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Nay Pyi Taw
    Dated. 30 June 2021

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Republic of the Union of Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports

Order No 265/2021

2nd Waning of Nayon 1383 ME
26 June 2021

The Ministry of Health and Sports hereby announced the order by exercising the authority stipulated in Sub-Section (b) of Section 21 of the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases Law.

  1. The Ministry of Health and Sports has taken preventive measures against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in real-time. Therefore, people from Lashio Township of Shan State need to stay at home due to the number of confirmed patients on the rise in the township.
  2. Hence, the people residing in Lashio Township of the Shan State are involved in the Stay-at-Home programme.
  3. The people inclusive of the Stay-at-Home programme of the township need to abide by the following disciplines:
    (a) Reside at their homes only (except for the persons going to government departments, organizations, companies, factories and workplaces for serving duties);
    (b) Arrange only one person from each house to go out shopping;
    (c) Arrange only two persons per house to go to hospitals and clinics;
    (d) Wear masks if they go outside the houses;
    (e) Allow ferries and registered vehicles to transport returnees from workplaces to pass the wards;
    (f) Allow one person only in addition to the driver in a vehicle for shopping in the ward and two persons except for the driver to go to hospitals or clinics;
    (g) Abide by the standard operating procedures (SOP) for trucks to ensure smooth flow of commodities in the township;
  4. People need to inform the relevant ward administration bodies about seeking approvals to go outside the houses if they have reasons to raise the limited number of participants in the measures and other emergency issues mentioned in sub-paragraph (b), (c) and (f) of Paragraph 3. The relevant administrative bodies need not allow ingoing and outgoing persons, except officials and those returnees from duty.
  5. Action will be taken against those who fail to abide by the order under the existing laws.
  6. The order came into force at 4 am on 27-6-2021.
    Dr Thet Khaing Win
    Union Minister

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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MCC ready to provide COVID treatment for 250 patients

Myanmar Convention Centre (MCC) has the facilities made ready to provide treatment for 250 COVID-19 patients on Mindhamma Road in Mayangon Township, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports. In order to provide the cure for COVID-19 patients, MCC has already prepared the beds and supplies for the patients. The necessary medical team will also be assigned by the joint medical coordinating team of COVID-19 Prevention, Control and Treatment, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.

Further, the authorities have supplied necessary things after monitoring the COVID-19 vaccination of the educational staff at MCC. At present, two hospitals are also carrying out preparation measures to hospitalize the COVID-19 positive patients. These two hospitals are the People’s Hospital in Hlinethaya township and the People’s hospital in Shwepyitha township. Hlinethaya township hospital will be able to accommodate 100 patients and has made ready the essential things such as oxygen for 50 patients while Shwelinpan civil hospital will be able to accommodate 50 patients.

The authorities are also having the medical examinations conducted on all the visitors who will come from the stay home townships to the Yangon region to make sure whether they have COVID-19 or not. Currently, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has increased in Lashio. With the essential further control of spreading of COVID-19, the instructions, orders and notifications of the union level organizations and the relevant ministries released on 31 May 2021 was extended to 30 June 2021. So far, Myanmar has reported a total of 148,617 cases, with 3,265 deaths and 133,753 recoveries as of 22 June 2021.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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Republic of the Union of Myanmar Nay Pyi Taw Council Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Control and Emergency Response Committee

Notification to Public
18 June 2021

  1. Myanmar has reported a rapid increase in cases of new COVID-19 variants since the end of May, with new confirmed cases every day. Disease prevention and containment measures, as well as treatment activities, have been accelerated. It is announced to the people living in Nay Pyi Taw Union Territory and those who would come from the outside of the territory, trucks and buses, to cooperate as follows:
    (a) Teams of the Nay Pyi Taw Public Health Department, administration, and security forces do a medical check-up to the people who come from the outside of Nay Pyi Taw at Nay Pyi Taw airport, train station and the city checkpoints- Nyaung Lun checkpoint, No. (5) Junction checkpoint, Si Junction checkpoint and Pantin checkpoint, in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Sports.
    (b) If necessary, they will be tested by RDT Test Kit, with the registration of their name, address, travel history and telephone numbers.
    (c) Those who come from stay-at-home townships will be under the 10-day quarantine at Nay Pyi Taw Municipal guest house (2), New AYA hotel and Zabuthiri hotel, and COVID-19 detection will be carried out with RDT test kits on the 3rd day and 7th day while under the quarantine.
    (d) People are educated to systematically wear face masks and stay 6 feet apart from each other.
    (e) When COVID-19 positive patients are found at checkpoints and facility quarantine centres, they will be taken to Nay Pyi Taw General Hospital (1,000 bedded) (serious cases), Nay Pyi Taw Public Hospital (300 bedded), Pubbathiri General Hospital (50 bedded) and Dekkhinathiri Township Hospital (50 bedded).
    (f) Those who have had contact with a COVID-19 positive patient will be taken to Zeyathiri Township Hospital (50 bedded) and Uttarathiri Township Hospital (50 bedded) to be quarantined.
    (g) Drivers who violate the rules will be taken action according to the existing law and freight vehicles, and passenger vehicles are prohibited from coming to Nay Pyi Taw again.
    (h) People living in and out of Nay Pyi Taw Union Territory are ordered to follow the issued guidelines in order to cut the spread of the COVID-19 disease, and actions will be taken against those who do not under the Natural Disaster Management Law.
    (i) Therefore, public are urged to follow the guidelines and restrictions by considering the COVID-19 disease containment and control measure as a national issue from the date of this notification.
    Nay Pyi Taw Council Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Control and Emergency Response Committee

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar