MOHS allows factory workers from stay-home townships to resume work

Workers from factories and companies in Yangon have been allowed to go back to work since October 22, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.

The announcement released on October 25 stated that workers in Yangon, Mandalay, Bago and Ayeyarwady regions as well as Mon State were able to resume work starting October 22 as their employers had shown that they were compliant with the related COVID-19 preventive measures.

“Authorities think it is not a big deal. But it is certain that the infection rate has not currently halted in factories so it really worries us greatly,” said Daw Thinzar Htet, an independent candidate who represents labour and will contest for a regional parliament seat for Hlaing Thar Yar township, Yangon.

All townships of Yangon Region (excluding Cocokyun township) had been placed under a stay-at-home order based on a September 20 announcement.

Mon State’s Mawlamyine and Belin townships, Mandalay Region’s Maha Aung Myay, Chan Aye Tharzan and Amarapura townships, Bago Region’s Kawa, Bago and Thanatpin townships and Ayeyarwady Region’s Pathein, Pyapon and Maubin townships were included in the stay-at-home order announced on September 25.

Just days after operations were allowed to resume however, over 100 employees from various cut-make-pack (CMP) factories in Yangon’s Insein township tested positive for COVID-19, following a two-week lockdown to prevent the disease from spreading.

Source : Myanmar Times

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