Yangon to distribute antigen test kits for COVID-19

The Ministry of Health and Sports is planning to use antigen test kits, which can give results within 20 to 30 minutes, to test for COVID-19 starting from September 29, said the ministry’s spokesperson U Than Naing Soe. Myanmar is expecting to receive a total of 200,000 test kits from Korea, around half of which […]

Myanmar well equipped to battle Covid-19, says health ministry spokesperson

The novel coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan, China in late December and has since spread across the globe. It has killed more than 60,000 people and infected more than one million. Myanmar reported its first two cases of Covid-19, the disease the virus leads to, on March 23. As of April 5, 21 people […]

Myanmar Govt Warns of Jail Time for Not Reporting Coronavirus Suspects

YANGON — Myanmar’s Health Ministry on Friday labeled the coronavirus an “epidemic or notifiable disease” under the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases Law. It means anyone who falls sick with the virus must report to the authorities. Failure to do carries up to a month in prison or a fine of 30,000 kyats (US$21). […]

Myanmar restaurants seek more govt support

  LOCAL restaurants in Myanmar are calling for more government support amid the expansion of international restaurant chains in the country. Nay Linn, president of Myanmar Restaurants Association and the owner of a restaurant named Sein Lan So Pyay Gardens, said local players lack the capital and experience to compete with these chains. He recalled […]

Health professionals protest lease of public land for private hospital

Staff of the Ministry of Health, including professors and ‘black ribbon’ doctors have signed a petition calling for a complete halt to the long-term lease of a large plot owned by the ministry in front of the University of Nursing at the corner of Bogyoke Aung San and Pyay roads in downtown Yangon for a […]

Big tobacco eyes Myanmar market

A smoky haze greets customers walking into any of Yangon’s tea shops as patrons light up hand-rolled cigarettes known locally as cheroots. Elsewhere in Myanmar’s main city, vendors sell cheap cigarettes smuggled from China to drivers stopped at traffic lights. The pavement is painted red with the spit of people chewing tobacco wrapped in betel […]