Myanmar remains virus-free, announces COVID-19 hotlines

The health department on Saturday said the country remains free from the deadly COVID-19 that has spread to over 160 countries and territories.

It added that 12 people are now under investigation on suspicion of being infected with the disease that already killed over 11,800 people since it was first reported outbreak in Wuhan, China, on December 31.

The health ministry said the suspected new cases were reported between 6pm Friday and 6pm Saturday.

Earlier in the month, the government warned the people not reporting a person suspected of being infected with the pneumonia-like disease is a crime punishable by imprisonment.

The government has banned all mass gatherings, including the celebration of the Thingyan festival next month, the most celebrated event in the country.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday temporarily stopped issuing visa-on-arrival and e-visa for all countries, as part of new restrictions to foreign visitors.

Likewise, all travellers including Myanmar nationals, who have passed through or visited the United States, Switzerland, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, during the past 14 days, will be subject to a 14-day facility quarantine.

Diplomats accredited to Myanmar and resident UN officials, are encouraged to take a 14-day home quarantine upon arrival.

All travellers will be required to present medical certificate, from a recognised health authority, of not having symptom of acute respiratory sickness, before boarding flights heading to Myanmar.

The government has previously made restrictions on March 15 banning foreign nationals from China (Hubei, Daegu & Gyeongbuk) and Korea from entering the country and for Myanmar nationals coming from those countries to make a 14-day quarantine. This measure also remains in force.

In the same manner, travellers from Italy, Germany, France, Spain and Iran will also have to undergo a 14-day facility quarantine upon arrival in Myanmar.

Below are some hotline numbers that people can call if they want to report or inquire something about COVID-19.

1) Public Health Emergency Operation Center (Nay Pyi Taw) – 067-3420268

2) Regional Department of Public Health (Yangon) – 09-449001261, 09-794510057

3) Regional Department of Public Health (Mandalay) – 09-2000344, 09-43099526

4) Health Quarantine Unit (Yangon International Airport) – 09-799983833

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Source : Myanmar Times

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