Mandalay on the road to 100% COVID-19 recovery

Mandalay Region is set to become the first region in Myanmar to report a 100 percent COVID-19 recovery rate with the latest test results of its last confirmed patient returning negative for the second time.

A 38-year-old woman from Aung Myay Tharzan township, Case-82 on the health ministry’s list and the last of three COVID-19 patients reported in the region, has tested negative for the second time after contracting the disease on April 16. Once confirmed, all three patients in Mandalay will be cleared from the virus.

The two other patients are Case-4 and Case-132, both of whom have been discharged from the hospital after testing negative. They are now completing a facility quarantine at home.

“The latest test results of Case-82 in Kandawnadi Hospital came back as negative. But, I still would like to remind the locals to please wear masks and wash your hands,” Hospital Superintendent Dr Su Su Dwe wrote on her Facebook.

Case-82 tested positive for the virus after returning from Turkey. A total of five tests were conducted on her swab samples with the first three results returning positive and the last two negative.

Mandalay has reported a total of 639 persons under investigation as of May 10, 524 of whom have been discharged while 48 people are still waiting for testing results.

The city was one of the earliest to take preventive measure against the spread of the] coronavirus.

On March 25, two days after Myanmar reported its first case, Mandalay authorities issued clear instructions for restaurants, beer stations, tea shops and restaurants to operate take-away services only. Yangon announced similar instructions on March 28.

On April 3, with the COVID-19 case count at 20, the Mandalay regional government made the decision to stop entry and exit of all kinds of vehicles from April 7-17. This measure was later extended until May 15 under the decision of the National Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of the Coronavirus Disease 2019.

Hotels, guesthouses, inns, garment shops, transportation services of people are also suspended from April 30 to May 15.

On April 17, the authorities announced a 10pm-4am curfew in Mandalay, and on May 8 began taking action against those found not wearing face masks in public.

According to statistics from the Mandalay Immigration Department, there are more than 36,000 migrant workers from the region and as of May 5, more than 4800 of them have returned.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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