Myanmar extends COVID-19 preventive measures until January 31

The Myanmar government has further extended COVID-19 preventive measures in the country until January 31, 2021 to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The National Level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19 announced December 29 that it will extend restrictions [excluding those which are to be relaxed or
tightened further] to January 31 of the new year.

This is the 14th time the committee extended the restrictions since they were first introduced in April.

The restrictions are being extended even though the number of daily positive cases in the country has dropped below 1000 for the past seven days. The Ministry of Health and Sports reported 619
new cases on Wednesday night (December 29), bringing the total number of cases to 123,153 to date.

The commercial capital, Yangon, remains the region with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country but Mandalay is also seeing an increase in the number of positive patients. Weeks
after the 2020 general elections on November 8, Mandalay Region saw a rise in the number of positive cases and is reporting more than 200 cases daily even though a stay-home order has been
imposed in seven townships.

Despite that, domestic carriers have been allowed to resume their flights on December 16 if they meet the necessary conditions. The government is also preparing to allow international airlines to
resume commercial flights. Meanwhile, stay-at-home measures in various townships across the states and regions have also been lifted.

The health and sports minister told local media that administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in Myanmar could commence starting next April.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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