Fresh COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand hits most Myanmar workers

Hundreds of COVID-19 cases in five Thai provinces where many Myanmar workers live and work have been traced back to a shrimp market in Mahachai in the Samut Sakhon Province of Thailand, according to the Myanmar Workers Protection Office. The Central Shrimp Market is one of the largest wholesale markets in the country, where wholesalers […]

Employment in Myanmar during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Many Thai and international companies have expanded rapidly into Myanmar in recent years, in what had seemed to be an unstoppable expansion of cross-border trade resulting from the country’s emergence back onto the global stage. For those companies, the COVID-19 situation in Myanmar has been a cause for much concern and uncertainty—doubly so for those […]

Virus outbreak could impact Myanmar garment factories by March

The Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA) says it fears that half the garment factories in the country may have to shut down temporarily as soon as March, due to a shortage of raw materials from China. The association announced this during a press conference at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and […]

China works with Mandalay Region on coronavirus

China is working closely with the Mandalay government to prevent an outbreak of 2019-nCoV coronavirus in the region, which has a sizeable number of Chinese traders, a Chinese diplomat told a briefing on Tuesday. Ms. Li Libei, China’s acting consul-general in Myanmar, said they are conducting checks on Chinese citizens in Mandalay to prevent an […]

China-Myanmar trade slows to a trickle

The coronavirus outbreak in China has caused trade between Myanmar and its neighbor to slow to a trickle, trade officials say. The clearest example of this is the plunge in the volume of watermelons from Myanmar that are crossing the border to the east. “About 600 truckloads of Myanmar’s watermelons used to cross the border […]

Myanmar Officials, Ethnic Leaders Monitor China Border for Coronavirus

Intent on preventing an outbreak of the coronavirus in Myanmar, local officials and members of ethnic armed organizations, or EAOs, along the border with China have imposed travel restrictions, increased health checks, called for monitoring of Chinese workers and, in some areas, imposed fines. The border area — known for its rugged terrain beyond the […]

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 […]