Govt extends factory restrictions to Oct 21, Yangon govt office under lockdown

The government has extended restrictions requiring Yangon cut-make-pack (CMP) factories to remain closed for another two weeks as the number of COVID-19 positive cases are still increasing in the commercial capital.

The Ministry of Health and Sports issued announcement 113/2020 stating that it will be extending a ban on CMP factory workers in Yangon Region from going to work to October 21.The notice did not mention whether staff employed in offices, shops or workshops were to continue working from home.

Due to an increase in number of positive cases being reported in Yangon and asymptomatic people who unknowingly carry and spread the disease, the ministry has decided to extend restrictions.

An earlier notice by the ministry included instructions for factories to shut and workers to remain at home from September 24 to October 7.

The authorities had been attempting to bring down the number of cases within that period but the number of people testing positive are still rising daily with a total of 987 new cases and 32 more deaths reported on October 5, bringing the total number of cases to 18,781 and total deaths to 444.

Yangon has the highest number of cases in the country with 12,636 cases reported on October 4. Insein has the highest number of cases at 921, followed by Thingangyun at 811, North Okkalapa at 737, Hlaing Thar Yar at 642 and Mingaladon at 588.

As a result of the spike in locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the government ad imposed a stay-home order for the whole of Yangon Region, except for Cocokyun township, on September 20, allowing only essential businesses to open and continue operations.

A week later, the Yangon regional government further restricted the movements of people and vehicles by only allowing those who had registered for a QR code at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry to travel between one township to another. More than 100,000 people have since registered for the code.

Meanwhile, the Yangon Region Government office itself has been placed under lockdown after a security guard in the Yangon Region Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein’s convoy tested positive for COVID-19, the office announced on October 5.

The guard tested positive on October 3 and all employees from the various departments who live in the government office compound as well as their family members have been placed under lockdown, said Ko Kyaw Aye Naing, a team member of Chief Minister’s convoy.

“Since this morning, people have not been allowed to go out without approval from senior officers except for emergency cases. Everyone in our convoy will have to take tests tomorrow (October 6),” he said.

There are four security vehicles and 10 personnel in the Yangon Region Chief Minister’s official convoy. There are around 200 people living on the office premises, including the Government Office, General Administration Department, Myanmar Police Force and the Construction and Urban Housing Department.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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