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Republic of the Union of Myanmar Announcement of National-Level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19

Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Announcement of National-Level Central Committee on Prevention,
Control and Treatment of COVID-19

15th Waxing of Nadaw, 1382 ME
(29 December 2020)

It is announced that public statements, orders, notifications, and directives (excluding eased restrictions) of the Union-level organizations and the Union ministries effective until 31 December 2020 for protection, control and prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) will be extended to 31 January 2021 as it is required to continue containment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

This is the 14th time the committee extended the restrictions since they were first introduced in April. The restrictions are being extended even though the number of daily positive cases in the country has dropped below 1000 for the past seven days. The Ministry of Health and Sports reported 619 new cases on Wednesday night (December 29), bringing the total number of cases of 123,153 to date.

The commercial capital, Yangon, remains the region with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country but Mandalay is also seeing an increase in the number of positive patients. Weeks after the 2020 general elections on November 8, Mandalay Region saw a rise in the number of positive cases and is reporting more than 200 cases daily even though a stay-home order has been imposed in seven townships.

Despite that, domestic carriers have been allowed to resume their flight of December 16 if they meet the necessary conditions. The government is also preparing to allow international airlines to resume commercial flights. Meanwhile, stay-at-home measures in various townships across the states and regions have also been lifted. The health and sports minister told local media that administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in Myanmar could commence starting next April.

Source: The Global New Light of Myanmar, Myanmar Times

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