Roads of Yangon get very busy again

20 November 2020                                               

Although the townships of Yangon except Cocogyun are under stay-at-home order, more and more people can be seen going outside in the city starting from the beginning of November.

The longer the restrictions remain, the more difficult the livelihoods are. So, people are going outside for their living. Dr. Min Min Tun, Deputy Head of West District Public Health Department, Yangon, said the public has to abide by the instructions issued by the Ministry of Health and Sports.

“The main problem is the living of people. They have to take care of it despite the fear of the infection. It someone has to go outside for necessary work, they need to be adjusted with the Covid preventative measures with a concept of mindfulness and avoid contact with another as much as they can in order to reduce the infection rate. When the workplaces resume, it is important to consider how to run the essential ones with lesser negative impacts,” said Dr. Min Min Tun.

During August, when the second wave of Covid-19 began, because of the closure of factory and workplaces, and work-from-home structure, there were fewer people going outside in Yangon.

Ko Aung Lin Thaw, a government employee, said, “Since I am a government employee, it is essential for me to go to work. But we have to follow the health rules such as wearing masks and washing hands whenever we are outside. Of course, I am worried about the infection when going out on the road. But everyone has to deal with their living and they can’t stay at home, and do nothing. If we prevent ourselves from the infection with cautiousness, we will be able to overcome this disease.”

In Myanmar, starting from the mid of August, the number of Covid-19 cases has risen again and 12,000 new cases have been recorded in September and 39,000 new cases in October. Until the middle of November, more than 20,000 new cases have already been recorded, bringing the the total number of confirmed cases to over 70,000 in the whole country.

U Pyay Thein, a resident from Pabedan Township, said, “Some are going outside because of living, and some are out for the purpose of social affairs. If someone in the crowd carries the virus, there is high possibility of infection from the physical contacts of people. It had better stay at home as long as possible and go outside just if necessary. It is worrisome that the crowd can lead to high infection rate.”

Out of the total confirmed cases, the highest number is from Yangon Region, which is accounted for over 75% of the total number. Till now, new cases are increasing day by day in Yangon with the rate of around 1,000 in a day.

Soe Min Aung and Bo Bo Thein