Myanmar Coup and Third-wave of Covid-19
Amid political crisis and economic crisis, a new variant of COVID-19 was found in Myanmar. The virus variants are the same as those found in India, the USA, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, and Switzerland, said the announcement.
The military-controlled Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) announced on 15th June that three “highly transmissible and more severe” coronavirus variants have been detected in Myanmar, amid a recent rapid increase in new cases across the country.
Doctors in Myanmar have warned the country would be unable to cope with a major outbreak of Covid-19 as hospitals and medical facilities struggle to function in the aftermath of February’s military coup.
Even in Covid the second wave, the government had a shortage of human resources – doctors, therefore many medics and volunteers were involved to control the virus infection. But now, most of the charity clinics’ doctors, medics, and volunteers are being arrested by the military.
According to the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports, as of 18-June, the country has had more than 147,000 confirmed Covid cases and 3,250 deaths. However, as testing levels have fallen to a fraction of what they were before the coup, it is impossible to know the true scale of infections.
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