Myanmar manufacturing sector hit by new lockdown measures

Manufacturing in Myanmar was hit hard in September by a range of new lockdown measures introduced to fight a surge in coronavirus cases, according to the latest Purchasing Manager Index (PMI) survey data from IHS Markit. The measures, which includes instructions for factories to shut down for two weeks and employees not listed under an […]

Critical Construction Work to Be Exempted From Yangon’s COVID-19 Lockdown

YANGON—Construction work deemed to be critical at building sites across Yangon Region will be allowed to continue during the COVID-19 lockdown, according to the regional Construction Works Supervisory Committee. Such work is estimated to account for about 10 percent of building activity at the region’s current construction projects. Most construction activity has been suspended in […]

Can Myanmar become a cashless society?

Cash is king, or so the saying goes, and this is especially true in Myanmar. Traditional financial institutions don’t have a strong hold on the market – an estimated 74% of Myanmar’s citizens don’t have a bank account – and fintech apps such as e-wallets are a relatively novel concept. Long known to be Asia’s […]

Border trade at Muse resumes after Ruili restrictions relaxed

Border trade at Muse, Shan State, has resumed following the reopening of the customs office in Ruili China, after the border town resumed business on September 22. Trade between Myanmar and China had been placed on hold after Ruili was placed under lockdown on September 15, when positive COVID-19 cases were detected in the city. […]

Ruili reopens after week-long lockdown, remains cautious at border

Seven days of lockdown have ended, bringing Ruili in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province back to normal, after two people who illegally crossed the border from Myanmar tested positive for COVID-19 – proving again the effectiveness of China’s epidemic prevention measures. Residents celebrated the end of the lockdown on Monday night by setting off fireworks. On […]

Yangon lockdown not seen as trade hurdle

Myanmar’s extension of the Yangon lockdown for another 14 days after a record daily jump in Covid-19 cases is unlikely to affect border trade with Thailand. Yet a negative impact is inevitable if the lockdown measures are extended beyond that period and cover more areas, said Niyom Waiyaratpanich, vice-president of Thai Chamber of Commerce. Myanmar […]

Most of Yangon Under Partial Lockdown as Myanmar’s COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to 14

YANGON—More than half of Myanmar’s commercial hub, Yangon, is now under stay-at-home orders after the government on Wednesday imposed a partial lockdown on 21 more townships in the region, which has become the epicenter of the country’s COVID-19 epidemic. As of Thursday morning, Yangon had 756 cases, overtaking the previous COVID-19 hotbed, Rakhine State, which […]

Online mystics cash in during Myanmar virus lockdown

YANGON: Myanmar lawyer Thiri had been excited about her wedding and new job this year – before the coronavirus threw both into doubt. With the stars very much unaligned, she turned to an astrology app for help. For a fee of a few dollars, Thiri’s online mystic advised the 26-year-old to carry out kind deeds […]

Yangon to impose lockdown measures for seven townships

Seven townships with the highest number of COVID-19 cases and persons under investigation in Yangon have been instructed by the Union government to implement stricter measures to control the spread of the disease. The Ministry of Health and Sports on April 18 issued Order No. 38/2020 under Article 21 (b) of the Prevention and Control […]