Myanmar Considers Relaxing COVID-19 Restrictions

Yangon – Myanmar’s State Counselor’s Office says the government is considering relaxing many COVID-19 restrictions, including stay-at-home orders, to ease the impact on the country’s economy. Myanmar imposed stay-at-home orders on about 75 townships in Bago, Ayeyarwady and Mandalay regions and Kachin and Mon states and the whole of Yangon Region and Rakhine State. Under […]

Permission for some businesses to reopen in Yangon ‘appropriate’: UMFCCI

Business insiders and executives have commended the government’s move to allow some business to reopen amid COVID-19. “Allowing cut-make-pack (CMP) factories, workplaces, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to resume is an appropriate move. The factory closures have hurt workers’ incomes and has been bad for the country’s economy,” said U Maung Maung Lay, the […]

Yangon Now Has Sufficient Beds to Cope With Influx of COVID-19 Patients, Health Officials Say

YANGON—Myanmar’s commercial hub, Yangon, is now able to provide sufficient health care to the region’s thousands of COVID-19 patients—and the many more who test positive each day—as more than 10,000 newly added hospitals beds are ready, according to senior regional health officials. As of Thursday morning, Myanmar had reported a total of 21,433 COVID-19 cases […]

Myanmar’s growth prospects shrink on resurgence of COVID-19

Two men walk at the Ayeyarwady COVID-19 treatment centre built inside Thuwanna Stadium in Yangon. Photo: Aung Htay Hlaing/The Myanmar Times Myanmar’s growth prospects shrink on resurgence of COVID-19 Stringent containment measures, an uncertain export outlook and strengthening of the local currency against the US dollar could delay Myanmar’s economic recovery into 2021 following a […]

Most Yangon taxi drivers stop working, return cars to owners

Most taxi drivers in Yangon have begun to return their cars to their owners due to the lack of passengers following the stricter stay-at-home order in place for all Yangon townships. “Only a few people go outside of their homes because of the new stay-at-home order. It’s hard for us to earn money to cover […]

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, […]