Sharp decline in Yangon’s COVID-19 cases

The number of COVID-19 patients in the remaining 13 treatment centres in Yangon have dropped below 3000, said the deputy director general of the Yangon Region Public Health Department.

Dr Tun Myint said the Yangon Region has seen a sharp decline in the number of positive cases for the disease and only 13 treatment centres, including four military-run facilities, remain open.
There were previously 23 COVID-19 treatment centres in Yangon.

“Only 500 primary contacts are left at the centres where contact persons are provided accommodation.

There are about 1,500 patients remaining at community-based quarantine centres managed by respective township administration departments. The entire Yangon Region has seen a sharp decrease in the number of positive cases.” he said.

The daily positive rate for COVID-19 dropped below 200 from around 1000 in a period of two weeks in early December following campaigns urging the public to wear masks in November.

“This noticeable decline is a result of three key messages we delivered – wear face masks, wash your hands and practice social distancing. These messages helped us warn people of the possibility of asymptomatic infections. We assume that people are now aware of this and some have started following the guidelines. This is why the number of cases have fallen. It is necessary to follow these instructions now more than ever to end the transmission of COVID-19 among the public,” he said.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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