Yangon given less than 24 hours to “lockdown”, businesses to work from home

The Ministry of Health and Sports on September 20 instructed the whole of Yangon Region, excluding Cocokyun township, to stay at home after more than 2500 COVID-19 cases were reported in the region in the past 36 days.

The announcement 107/2020 signed by the health minister Dr Myint Htwe states that with the increase in locally transmitted cases (those without travel history or contact with an infected person), the following measures will be imposed to curb the spread of the disease in the commercial capital.

The measures will be effective at 8am on September 21.

1. Government employees are to adhere to an arrangement of two weeks at the office and two weeks at home programme as stated on September 14.

2. Employees of private businesses and organisations are to work from home, excluding those working in banking and finance, petrol stations, livestock and meat storage industries, medicine and other medical equipment production, the distribution of drinking water and factories which produce personal items.

3. Workers from Cut-Make-Pack factories will not be allowed to go to work for two weeks, from September 24 to October 7.

4. Only one person from a household can go out to purchase essential supplies.

5. Only two persons from a household should go to a clinic or hospital if necessary.

6. Face masks must be worn at all times when going out.

7. Only vehicles transporting passengers traveling to places of work are allowed to pass through various townships.

8. A vehicle must only have one passenger in addition to the driver when shopping within the ward and two passengers and a driver when going to the clinic or hospital.

If a person decides to go outside with more than the specified number of persons mentioned above or for any emergency purposes, they will have to get approval from the respective ward administration. The ward administration group must not allow the entry and exit of anyone from the area except those who are going to and returning from work.

Violations of these measures will result in action taken under the Infectious Diseases Prevention Act.

Myanmar has reported 278 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths at 8pm on September 20, bringing the total number of cases to 5541, with 92 deaths and 1260 recoveries.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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