Myanmar COVID-19 cases rise to eight

28 March 2020
Myanmar COVID-19 cases rise to eight
Photo: Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar

The Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports has added 3 new cases of COVID-19 out of 62 quarantined suspects in Yangon and Nay Pyi Taw bringing the total to eight, as of March 28.

The Myanmar authorities are attempting to keep a lid on the spread of the pandemic in the country as worldwide the recorded cases reached about 600,000 with over 27,000 deaths.

Seven of the eight cases in Myanmar involve people who have recently arrived from abroad, including a 58-year-old female Swiss citizen working for the United Nations.

In international news, the United States and Italy have overtaken China in the number of cases of coronavirus infections. As of March 28, the US showed over 105,000 people registered as infected.

At 81,000 cases, the numbers in China continue to grow, but the level of growth appears to be leveling off. Beijing is gradually easing restrictions in the main hotspots, including Hubei province and in Wuhan where the virus is said have originated.