Myanmar extends COVID-19 control measures, flight restrictions

While life in Yangon city appears to have returned to normal with the usual traffic congestion and reopening of restaurants and gyms, measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have nonetheless been further extended.

International flight restrictions to and from Yangon International Airport have been further extended to June 30 from June 15, according to the Department of Civil Aviation.

This aligns with the latest decision by the National Central Committee for Prevention, Control, and Treatment of COVID-19 to further extend temporary measures to control the spread of the coronovirus in Myanmar to June 30 from June 15. Both announcements were made on June 12.

Other measures to manage COVID-19 are still in place. These include:

1. Compulsory wearing of face masks in public;

2. A Yangon-wide curfew between 12am to 4am;

3. Lockdowns at Insein and Mayangone townships;

4. Gatherings of five persons or more, with exemptions.

The latest exemptions are:

1. Performance of duties at government departments, organisations, companies, factories and workshops;

2. Attending government, private and monastic schools;

3. Attending seminars, meetings and training at government departments, organisations, companies, factories and workshops conducted in accordance with health ministry guidelines;

4. Dining at food and beverge outlets permitted to operate dine-in services by regional governments in accordance with health ministry guidelines;

5. Working at businesses deemed essential under a May 3 notification issued by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.

Other exemptions to the gathering of five or more person ban include traveling to and from the workplace or hospital, trading at permitted markets and malls, transport of goods, court proceedings and funeral affairs.

Meanwhile, all government staff have been ordered to return to work as usual, while basic education schools will reopen from mid-July. High schools will recommence on July 21, with primary and middle schools starting two weeks later. Many businesses, including factories, hotels and restaurants, have also been permitted to reopen after passing government inspections.

The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Myanmar as at 8am on June 13 is 261, with six deaths and 165 recoveries, according to the latest figures released by the Health and Sports Ministry. It has so far tested a total of 45,926 people in Myanmar for the coronavirus. The most recent cases have mostly been detected among quarantined workers returning from overseas.

From May 16 to June 11 at 8pm, a total of 74 Myanmar citizens who returned to the country had tested positive for COVID-19.

These comprise 45 returnees from India, 13 from Malaysia, eight from the United Arab Emirates, five from Bangladesh, two from Thailand, two from Italy, and one from China.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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