18 November 2020
Covid-19 confirmed cases in Myanmar have reached over 70,000 on 17th November. The recovery is accounted for 75% of the total cases and the death toll is about 2%. In a day, 10% of the total specimens tested within 24 hours were confirmed to be positive.
Now is quite a stable situation, and people tend to be used to it as there is no spike during these days. The roads are busy again, and especially in Yangon, where most of the cases were found and stay-at-home order is still in effect, people are no longer staying at home, and are being seen outside again.
“There is a question whether the third wave will occur soon. This is clear that if people fail to follow health measures, more and more waves can occur repeatedly. We have been familiar with Covid-19 control measures to some extent and it becomes easier for containment structure. But what makes it difficult is that people are failing to follow simple health guidelines. It is understandable that people need to work for life with the fear of infection. So, they may go outside for work but with enough protective measures,” said, Dr. Min Min Tun, Deputy Head of West District Public Health Department, Yangon.
Around 77% of total confirmed cases are from Yangon Region with over 55,000 confirmed cases. There has been a slight increase in Mandalay Region, Bago Region and Ayeyawady Region during these days.
The vaccines worldwide turn out to be successful to some extent that leads to a relief in the mind of people. This is repeatedly reminded that people still need to be cautious until a specific period.
“Just like we overcame the first wave, we are in the state of being able to reduce the infection rate. Our country is still in the controllable situation so what we need to do is to follow the basic health guidelines for every possible condition. The government is doing its best despite weaknesses, and the problem is with the public. People are now suffering from pandemic fatigue or pandemic fury. They are going out with many reasons, and some become careless. The vaccine will be available soon but we can't depend on it. The government needs to continue containment strategy while the public needs to abide by the rules,” said Dr. Sid Naing, Country Director of Marie Stopes Myanmar.
Despite fear of the infection, the daily wage labours are still going outside, and for those who follow the guidelines, careless people become the threat of infection, especially in the crowded areas.
“Yangon has highest possibility of infection because of the crowded residence of many people. But I cannot avoid them. All of our family depends on this selling. I take care of myself as much as I can to cause no harm to my children,” said Daw Myint Myint Tun, a seller from Dala Township.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in her speech televised on 16th November reminded that a slight increase in the Covid-19 spread is likely occur within a week or two.
The second wave of virus brought about thousands of cases reported everyday starting from the first week of October along with the death rate of at least 20 people a day.
Thaw Tar Swe Zin, Soe Min Aung and Bo Bo Thein