Myanmar morning news for April 20

Myanmar morning news for April 20
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Myanmar morning newsTotal number of COVID-19 cases reaches 111 on Sunday
The National Health Laboratory (Yangon) announced four more cases yesterday and the addition has brought the total number of COVID-19 positive cases to 111 on Sunday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar-Thailand border drops $2.32 million this financial year
Myanmar-Thailand border trade has dropped by $24.27 million and stands at US$2.13 billion between 1 October and 3 April in this fiscal 2019-2020, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar.
— Mizzima

Christian pastor who defied Myanmar law positive for coronavirus
At least 22 of the 94 recorded cases in Myanmar were traced to the religious gathering hosted by Pastor David Lah.
— Aljazeera

Factory inspections for complying with health guidelines begin 20 April before permission to reopen
Republic of the Union of Myanmar Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population Announcement for factories, workshops and departments amid Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) 12th Waning of Tagu, 1382 ME (19 April, 2020).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Govt implements COVID-19 prevention plans at IDP camps, conflict shelters
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye discussed implementation of the COVID-19 prevention plans at the camps for internally displaced persons and the conflict shelters in Rakhine State and other areas.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar reports fifth COVID-19 death, six new positive cases
The health ministry reported on April 18 at 8 am the death of another COVID-19 patient, bringing to five the total number of people killed by the disease in Myanmar. Six new cases, all from Yangon, were also reported.
— Myanmar Times

Yangon to impose lockdown measures for seven townships
Seven townships with the highest number of COVID-19 cases and persons under investigation in Yangon have been instructed by the Union government to implement stricter measures to control the spread of the disease.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar border town to take action against curfew flouters
People who violate the curfew in the border town of Myawady, one of the busiest trading posts in the country, will be charged in court, the District General Administration Department said on April 18.
— Myanmar Times

People in Myanmar conflict zones worry little about COVID-19
People living in conflict zones in Myanmar struggle to stay alive every day amid intensified clashes between government forces and armed ethnic groups, with little time to worry about the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
— Myanmar Times

Memories Group says employees misappropriated US$500,000 from Myanmar unit
CATALIST-listed tourism player Memories Group has discovered a case of fraud at its wholly-owned Myanmar subsidiary, Asia Holidays Travels & Tours Company (AHTT), it said last Wednesday.
— Business Times

Six New Coronaviruses Found in Bats in Myanmar
Researchers have discovered six new coronaviruses in bats while studying how diseases can pass from animals to humans.

Posco International donates 100 virus test kits to Myanmar
Posco International said Sunday it has sent 100 virus test kits that can run 10,000 tests to Myanmar, as part of its relief efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Korea Herald

8 Thai women finally return home from Myanmar via Mae Sot
Eight Thai women who had worked in Myanmar returned to Thailand via Mae Sot district of this northern border province on Sunday morning.
— Bangkok Post

Displaced Families in Myanmar’s Kachin Fear Coronavirus Threat
On learning about the global coronavirus pandemic, those displaced by conflict in Myanmar’s Kachin state wasted no time in taking measures to keep the virus from reaching their camps.
— Pulitzercenter

Number of Covid-19 infections tops 100 in Myanmar
The total number of Covid-19 (coronavirus) infections has risen to 107 in Myanmar, with nine more confirmed cases reported on Sunday morning (April 19), according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— The Star Online

NST Leader: Myanmar, hellbound again
MYANMAR’s barbarity against the Rohingya is back in the news, notwithstanding Covid-19 taking all the available space in the media.
— New Straits times

Wa-ter fiasco: 41 Myanmar nationals to be charged on April 20
A total of 41 Myanmar nationals will be charged in court on Monday (April 20) for participating in a water festival.
— The Star Online

Myanmar refuses entry to 200 Rohingya refugees, citing COVID-19
On Friday Malaysia’s air force confirmed it had denied entry to a boat carrying about 200 Rohingya people, days after it was reported that dozens of people died onboard a boat that was refused entry to the country and left adrift.

Fast-fashion nightmare for Bangladeshi clothes makers
One day Parvin was toiling to meet the fast-fashion demands of European capitals, the next she was among hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshi clothes workers made instantly jobless as the coronavirus pandemic struck.
— Mizzima

Myanmar Steps up Coronavirus Measures as Medical Profession Feels Risks
A Myanmar physician who handled a coronavirus affected person has examined constructive for the lethal pathogen, elevating considerations over the security of healthcare employees who’re uncovered to COVID-19 amid its unfold within the Southeast Asian nation, in keeping with Myanmar’s Health Ministry.
— The Union journal

State Counsellor thanks people on her FB account for combating COVID-19
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi expressed her special thanks to the people, on her Facebook Account yesterday, for their efforts in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Industrial Zone for Plateau Fruits, Yunnan Daily donate face masks to MoI
The People’s Republic of China’s the National Industrial Zone for Yunnan Plateau Fruits, and Yunnan Daily Newspapering Group (Yangon Office) donated face masks to the Ministry of Information yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s prominent Buddhist monk contributes to Pope’s coronavirus fund
Sitagu Sayadaw made a contribution to the coronavirus emergency fund of Pope Francis and also donated essential food items for the needy of the Archdiocese of Mandalay.
— Vatican News

Bago Region to close factories until end-April in fight against Covid-19
Bago Region Industrial Zone Management Committee released a statement that the factories in the region will suspend its operation until 30 April in the awake of COVID-19.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Rohingya crisis: UN reports surge of deadly fighting in Myanmar
At least 32 civilians have been killed in western Myanmar since late last month, the UN says, in fighting between the military and an armed ethnic group.

Healthy stay at home guidelines
To reduce contact with and the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the public is advised to adhere to the following guidelines during the stay at home period.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Over 300,000 gallons of water distributed in 11 townships in Magway Region
In a bid to have adequate drinking water supply in the villages during summer, 300,570 gallons of water have been distributed for 3,712 households, consisted of 11,120 people, in 34 villages of 11 townships under four districts of Magway Region, according to the regional Rural Development Department.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar reports another surge of COVID-19, cases up to 107
The number of COVID-19 cases has exceeded 100 in Myanmar, with the health ministry reporting nine new cases as of 7 am on April 19.
— Myanmar Times

Israeli Ambassador donates medical supplies to Waibargi Hospital
Mr Ronen Gilor, the Israeli Ambassador to Myanmar, handed over PPE outfits, face masks and basic hospital equipment to Waibargi Specialist Hospital in North Okkalapa Township, Yangon Region, yesterday afternoon.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

China intruded into Indian Ocean, signed several agreements with Myanmar
China and Myanmar on Saturday signed 33 major agreements, putting soil on the controversy arising out of atrocities on Rohingya Muslims.
— Sunrise read

Agro exports exceed $2.16 bln in 2019-2020FY H1
Myanmar’s exports of agricultural products between 1 October and 3 April in the 2019-2020 financial year have risen to US$2.16 billion from $1.75 billion in the corresponding period of the 2018-2019FY, which reflects an increase of $406 million, according to the trade figures released by the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Yangon imposes 10pm-4am curfew
The Yangon region government has announced a 10pm-4am curfew for all Yangon townships effective April 18.
— Myanmar Times

Hundreds of Rohingya refugees rescued after two months at sea
Nearly 400 Rohingya refugees who left Bangladesh by boat nearly two months ago have been rescued at sea, the Bangladesh Coast Guard has said, while confirming that at least 32 people died on the journey.

MNA to suspend local, foreign flights until 30 April
Myanmar National Airline will temporarily suspend all its local and foreign flights until 30 April to protect from spreading of Covid-19 across the country, according to Myanmar Aviation Development Association.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar imposes nighttime curfew in commercial hubs
Nighttime curfew imposed in at least four regions as part of measures to curb spread of COVID-19.
— AA

Myanmar Clashes Take Heavy Toll on Ethnic Groups in Rakhine, Chin States
The U.N. human rights office is calling for an end to escalating clashes between Myanmar’s army and the ethnic armed group known as the Arakan Army in Rakhine and Chin states as civilian casualties rise.
— VOA News

Yangon heightens containment measure against Covid-19 spread
Yangon regional government announced yesterday that Yangonites are not allowed to go out at night to prevent further spreading of Covid-19 in Yangon region.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Over 4,000 gallons of drinking water distributed in Natmauk
The Rural Development Department staff led by Daw Kyi Kyi Khine, the township head, distributed 4,400 gallons of drinking water in Gwaykantaung village in Natmauk township, Magway region yesterday for sufficient supply of drinking water in summer, according to the Rural Development Department.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Posco International Myanmar donates COVID-19 diagnostic kits to MoHS
A ceremony to donate medical supplies for prevention and containment of COVID-19 to the Ministry of Health and Sports was held at the Medical Research Department (Yangon Head Office) in Dagon Township, Yangon yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

MSWRR provides soap bars, face masks for IDPs in Sittway amid COVID-19
Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement donated soap bars and face masks for IDPs in Sittway, Rakhine State on Friday and Saturday as part of their prevention, control and response actions for COVID-19.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

The dream of a Kayan homeland
The Kayan New Land Party has not traded fire with the Tatmadaw for 26 years, but the armed group says it’s still striving to uplift the Kayan people and secure their autonomy.
— Frontier Myanmar

Yangon taxi drivers carry out disinfection campaign
The Happy Taxi operator organized a disinfection campaign in Mayangone Township, Yangon, yesterday as a move to prevent transmission of COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Shwedagon Pagoda continues to close
According to the announcement 37/2020 issued by the Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) and to the current situation in Yangon, the Shwedagon Pagoda will continue to be closed, stated Shwedagon Pagoda Board of Trustees.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Strong winds destroy houses, monasteries in pre-monsoon period
Strong winds damaged houses and monasteries in the townships of Ayeyawady Region, Sagaing Region, Shan State, Nay Pyi Taw Council Area, and Kachin State on Friday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Seintalone mangoes fetch better price at China market
With a better price for the start of this harvest season, Seintalone (Diamond Solitaire) mangoes Kyaukse Township, Mandalay Region, have been exported to China, according to the Myanmar Mangoes Market and Technology Development Association.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe joins web-based seminar on South Korea’s success stories in combatting COVID-19
Union Minister Dr Myint Htwe attends the web-based seminar where South Korea shares its experiences on fighting against the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) through video conferencing.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to Five; Curfew Imposed in Yangon
A 78-year-old man with COVID-19 and underlying health problems died on Saturday; hard-hit Yangon Region has been placed under nighttime curfew.
— Irrawaddy



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