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Press release on finding of variant COVID-19 viruses (15-6-2021)

While constantly monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health and Sports is especially performing the monitoring of variant COVID-19 viruses. On 3 June 2021, the Defence Services Medical Research Centre of the Ministry of Defence issued the laboratory results for 11 persons with variant COVID-19 — one in Kalay, three in Myeik, four in Mandalay, two in Tamu and one foreign returnee in Yangon.

Variant strains were found as two Alpha and five Delta on variants of concern and four Kappa on variants of interest. These viruses were found in India, the USA, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland and Switzerland. The World Health organization stated Alpha and Delta strains of the variant virus have high speed of further infection and reviewed that it will raise the number of patients to be charged at hospitals and the possibility of increasing the death rate due to severe virus.

Moreover, some vaccines will be weaker than the impact of the virus. As such, it is essential that people strictly abide by the notifications, directives, and work guidelines for prevention and control of COVID-19 issued by the Ministry of Health and Sports to ensure disinfection of the pandemic against themselves, their families and environs.
Ministry of Health and Sport

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar

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