01 July 2020
The total number of the coronavirus cases is up to 299 with 6 deaths and 222 recovered people in the country according to the Ministry of Health and Sports. The Ministry of Health and Sports lifted a restriction on stay-home in Insein Township. As the infections cases were on the increase at the end of the March, the government imposed stay-at-home order in 10 townships in Yangon including Insein Township which has 44 infected cases.
U Wai Phyo Han, Region Hluttaw Representative from Insein Township Constituency 2, spoke to MI Radio through phone interview about the relaxation of stay-at-home restriction in Insein Township and he said, Semi-lockdown restrictions in some townships were relaxed previous months. Insein is the last one. Some were impatient at the restrictions as we had to ask for recommendation letters if they went to another region or state for some emergency cases. But we need to know is that this is only the relaxation of stay-at-home order, and we didnt allow them to do events and gathering more than 5 people. 36 out of the 44 infected cases had recovered and were in good health. 3 patients at Phaunggyi Medical Center tested negative twice and 5 people in South Okkalapa Women and Children Hospital tested negative once. Everything seems going to be in good situation but we have to protect and prevent ourselves from the second wave by following the rules and regulations from the Ministry of Health and Sports.
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also said on her Facebook page that she hoped Myanmar would be able to push back the second wave of COVID-19 if effective measures could be taken to prevent the spread of the disease during the next one or 2 months. She also said that during this month, they have planned to be able to relax the stay at home arrangements in all the townships. Though the government urge the people to stay alert about the infections, some people seem careless about the infections cases. When the numbers of the cases are nearing 300, the government extended travel restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus to 31st July. It has been sixth time restrictions extended although some have been gradually removed.
Prof. Dr Mar Mar Kyi, the senior consultant physician from Insein General Hospital spoke about the current situation of the virus infection in the country through the phone interview, she said, There are about 8 to 35 people come to the fever clinic regularly. In the hospital, we tested 8-10 suspected patients. We told everyone who comes to hospitals must wear the masks, and wash the hands. We have enough protective measures against the infections. With the approval from the Ministry of Health and Sports, we are going to plan to test some suspected patients through the mobile fever clinics. Most of the people dont wear the masks, and some put the masks on the chin.When we look back to the cases,children are the least in the infections,most of the cases are from the middle age and older people.In our country,there was 6 dead and 5 are the older people.Thats why they need to more careful about it.They become careless about the observance of the social distancing. Announcement from the Ministry of Health and Sports, the government relaxed some restrictions, but people need to follow the guidelines.
U Win Lwin Oo, a taxi driver from Dagon Myothit (South) Township, spoke to MI Radio about his opinion on COVID-19, he said, As a taxi driver, we have to deal with a lot of people. At first, I have a lot of difficulties because the government told the people to stay at home. During these days, people started to come out to the road, and I can say that the taxi business is in good situation. I always wear the masks, I urge my customers to wear the masks as I drive the taxi near the hospitals. Wearing the masks are the good protections for us. Because we cant see the virus with our eyes and now some cases have been found out without showing the symptoms. We have to protect ourselves as much as we can.
While Myanmar has effectively mitigated the spread of the disease through quarantines, contact-tracing and targeted lockdowns, testing remains one of the most effective ways of quickly identifying cases. Myanmar has five testing centres one in Mandalay, one n Mawlamyine in Mon State, and three in Yangon, which is the epicenter of the virus outbreak in the country.
As of the 29th June, the laboratories have tested over 74,900 people according to the Ministry of Health and Sports. The COVID-19 has started the second wave infection in the worldwide. The global pandemic has spread to 188 countries, killing over 508,000 people afflicting over 10,412,000 people according to the Worldometer Coronavirus Resource Center.
Soe Yadana and Pomo
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