Myanmar Officials to Prosecute Owner of Nightspot Responsible for Yangon’s Biggest COVID-19 Cluster

YANGON—Local authorities in Yangon’s Thingangyun Township are planning to file a lawsuit against the owner of a KTV restaurant where more than 90 people contracted the coronavirus, making it the largest cluster found in the city. “We are still planning to file a lawsuit. As there are large numbers of COVID-19 patients in our townships, […]

For small printing firm, Myanmar election boosts business for now

YANGON (Reuters) – While the coronavirus pandemic hits many businesses in Myanmar, one small printing firm is seeing business boom as popular leader Aung San Suu Kyi seeks re-election in November. Staff at Htet Khine Soe’s Yangon shop are working day and night to print the red shirts, flags and banners of Suu Kyi’s National […]

Kachin State’s yemase jade miners and dealers demand a more equitable industry

Myanmar’s deadliest mine collapse in recent history caught the world’s attention in July, but local frustration with an industry controlled by outside companies has been growing for years. This article was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting It was the deadliest landslide in Myanmar’s recent history – about 200 jade miners buried in […]

Myanmar extends financial support measures for local businesses

The Ministry of Planning, Finance, and Industry on September 7 issued Notification 3/2020, which extends existing support measures granted due to COVID-19 until December. In accordance with a decision at the coordination meeting of the National-Level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) held on August 26, the MOPFI said […]

Myanmar sees record virus cases as Rakhine State becomes hotspot

Myanmar reported 70 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, the highest one-day tally since the virus was first detected in the country on March 23, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports. There had been no local transmissions between July 16 and Aug 16, with about 200 infections detected since then. The majority of cases […]

Millions of families receive first cash handouts under COVID-19 relief scheme

Millions of the nation’s most vulnerable families are receiving cash handouts totalling K40,000 to alleviate the impact of COVID-19, but some appear to be falling through the cracks. By HTIN LYNN AUNG | FRONTIER Daw Ni Ni Win, a 48-year-old mother of two, lives a precarious existence. She and her husband sell boiled beans (pe […]

Covid-19: Thousands of garment workers lose jobs across Asia

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the western brands have cancelled orders worth billions of dollars. As a result, hundreds of factories closed in waves across Asian industrial belts near Phnom Penh, Dhaka and Yangon. Hundreds of thousands of garment workers in Asia, a vast majority of them being women, were suspended or laid off when […]

Virus-hit local tourism, the continued shutdown of Yangon International Airport and weak signal for revival of businesses

According to the World Tourism Federation (WTF) for 2019, the total number of tourists around the globe exceeded 1,500 million. China has topped the list of global tourists as Chinese tourists account for 156 million. Due to the spread of COVID-19, almost all tourism businesses in the globe have stopped. The pandemic has resulted in […]

Int’l Passenger Flights Likely Banned Until October: Myanmar Vice-President

YANGON—Myanmar Vice-President Henry Van Thio says the country is unlikely to open to international commercial passenger flights until October. At a meeting of the National Tourism Development Central Committee on Tuesday, the vice-president said that airports are expected to resume operations for international commercial passenger flights only after the third quarter of this year. The […]

Looters target Myanmar temple treasures in tourist slump

BAGAN — A squad of gun-toting police patrol Myanmar’s sacred site of Bagan under the cover of night, taking on plunderers snatching relics from temples forsaken by tourists due to coronavirus restrictions. Each evening as dusk falls, about 100 officers fan out across the plain of Bagan measuring 50 square kilometres (19 square miles), sweeping […]