Myanmar Counts Three New Coronavirus Cases in Naypyitaw and Yangon

Source : The Irrawaddy
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Mar 28, 2020

YANGON—Myanmar confirmed three more cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, including a Swiss woman who works for the United Nations in Myanmar’s capital, Naypyitaw.

As of Saturday morning, the country had a total of 8 coronavirus cases.

The 58-year old Swiss woman arrived in Myanmar on March 18. The Ministry of Health and Sports said she was in close contact with her father, who also tested positive for COVID-19, for a couple of hours back in Switzerland before her return to Myanmar.

A UN statement said she has been in self-quarantine as a precaution since her arrival to Naypyitaw.

The woman was admitted to a hospital on Thursday after showing COVID-19 symptoms, including a fever, cough and diarrhea, and tested positive for the disease on Saturday.

The Irrawaddy has learned that the presidential suite office where she stayed at M Gallery Hotel in Naypyitaw has been sanitized and her maid and driver are under quarantine.

In two separate cases in Yangon, a 29-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman also tested positive for the disease.

The man in Yangon arrived back from the United Kingdom on March 21.

The 60-year-old woman is a tour guide who traveled with a French tourist group in the past 14 days in Myanmar. She was suffering from a fever, cough and vomiting on Tuesday and was admitted to Yangon General Hospital the next day.

The Ministry of Health and Sports is tracing anyone who had close contact with them for quarantine.

As of late Friday, a total of 6 people suspected of having the disease are still awaiting lab test results, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.

The total global number of COVID-19 cases has surpassed 500,000 and 23,335 had died as of Friday, according to the World Health Organization.

TOP IMAGE: People wear face masks in downtown Yangon in February. / Htet Wai / The Irrawaddy


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