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Korean Air Suspends Direct Flights Between Seoul, Yangon Due to Coronavirus

YANGON—Korean Air, a major South Korean airline, has suspended direct flights from Seoul to Yangon, Myanmar’s commercial hub, amid the rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Korea. On Wednesday, Korean Air announced that it would be suspending direct flights to Yangon from Incheon International Airport near Seoul from March 5 to April 25 due […]

Bill seeks to control news of outbreaks in Myanmar

At a time when the world anxiously monitors every update on COVID-19, a bill on dealing with infectious diseases has surfaced in Myanmar containing a provision to restrict reporting on the outbreak. The bill proposed by the Ministry of Health and Sports aims to update the 1995 Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases Law. Its […]

A clouded future for e-cigarettes in Myanmar

The law is vague on the status of vaping in Myanmar, and the Ministry of Health and Sports may ban e-cigarettes before changes can be made to the relevant legislation. By YE MON and EAINT THET SU | FRONTIER THE camera pans along a row of single-use Flow e-cigarettes, each in a different coloured box […]

Myanmar conduit for wildlife trade with China as questions swirl over its role in virus panic

China’s deadly illicit trade in wildlife has been thrown into stark relief as Beijing recently announced a temporary ban on the sale of wildlife in the wake of the outbreak of the coronavirus in Wuhan that is suspected to have originated in the city’s wet market. While the focus is on demand in China for […]

Myanmar starts testing for COVID-19 at own facility

The National Health Laboratory (NHL) has acquired the medical kits needed to help health professionals around the country verify suspected cases of the deadly COVID-19 virus, a senior Health Ministry official said on Thursday. Dr. Khin Khin Gyi, deputy director of Contagious Disease Prevention and Eradication for the Department of Public Health, said the NHL […]

Invitation to Open Tender for Medical Products ; Closing Date : 23rd March 2020

Sealed tenders are invited by Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Health and Sports for the supply of Medical Equipment to all hospitals in the (2019-2020) Budget year. Tender documents are available during office hours at the Procurement and Supplying Division, Department of Medical Services office No (4), Ministry of Health and Sports Commencing from […]

Agency to issue daily rating of Yangon air

Yangon’s air quality is still within safe limits despite the growing number of vehicles in the city, according to the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology, which began issuing daily updates on the city’s air pollution on Tuesday. The measurement on Tuesday rated the city’s air quality index (AQI) at 95. The index calculates the concentration […]

Invitation to Open Tender for Medical Products ; Closing Date : 20th March 2020

Sealed tenders are invited by Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Health and Sports for the supply of Drip Bottles (4-Items), Consumables for Nuclear Medicine Group, Consumables for Dental Group in the (2019-2020) Budget year. Tender documents are available during office hours at the Procurement and Supplying Division, Department of Medical Services office No (4), […]

Myanmar Govt Asks Tour Operators to Suspend Travel Services for Chinese Visitors

YANGON—Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MOHT) has asked travel companies and tour operators to temporarily stop providing services to Chinese travelers planning to visit Myanmar, amid growing concern over the coronavirus outbreak. A deputy director of the ministry, U Aung Aye Han, told The Irrawaddy, “We warned them [travel companies] to stop offering all […]

Amid Chinese Flu Fears, Mandalay Goes Without Masks While Dealers Make Profits

Mandalay – As concerns over the coronavirus rise, pharmacies and medical stores in Mandalay are facing shortages of surgical masks. Mandalay receives the highest number of Chinese arrivals by air or overland, making the city particularly vulnerable to the virus. It is also a Chinese business hub with the largest jade market in the country, […]