Myanmar extends int’l flight suspension until November 30

Myanmar has extended the suspension on international commercial air traffic until the end of November to curb the spread of COVID-19, according to the announcement issued by the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) on October 26.

The DCA’s announcement notifies that all airlines operating international air services to and from Myanmar are required to follow the instruction.
The decision was made by the COVID-19 prevention committee in order to continue to effectively control the importation of COVID-19 to Myanmar through air travel, according to the DCA’s statement.

The country formally stopped all international commercial flights from landing since March 30, a week after the first cases of COVID-19 were detected.
With the general election drawing near, the Ministry of Health and Sports announced on October 25 that it will be allowing more than 30 people to gather on November 8.This is an exception from standing instructions released on August 12 stating that gatherings of 30 people or more will not be allowed as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A separate announcement released on the same day (October 25) stated that citizens living in townships under stay-at-home orders will be allowed to travel to their respective voting stations to cast early votes or vote on election day.As of 8pm on October 26, Myanmar had recorded 46,200 cases of COVID-19, with 26,007 recoveries and 1,122 deaths.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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