Myanmar morning news for April 9

Myanmar morning news for April 9

Myanmar morning news

Myanmar confirms 3rd death from coronavirus
Two more people have died in Myanmar after contracting coronavirus, bringing the total to three, health authorities of the southeast Asian nation said on Wednesday.
— AA

Myanmar to allow more online export, import licences
Myanmar’s Trade Department under the Ministry of Commerce will allow 34 more export and import items for the online licensing system with a total of 455 Harmonized System codes starting from April 9, state-run media reported Wednesday (April 8).
— The Star Online

Myanmar generates over 3,500 megawatts of electricity
Myanmar is generating over 3,500 megawatts of electricity at the present and it is increased up to 500 megawatts of electricity within three months, according to figures from Ministry of Electricity and Energy.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar Scraps Restrictions on Movement in Two Regions
One state and one regional government in Myanmar have already abandoned the restrictions they recently ordered on residents’ movements, originally aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus. Some residents had criticized the restrictions, saying they would harm local businesses and cause serious panic.
— Irrawaddy

Exports of fisheries products slow to a crawl
Exports of Myanmar’s fisheries products to other countries have nearly stopped since the COVID-19 pandemic started and factories processing frozen fisheries products are now facing difficulties keeping their operations running, industry officials say.
— Myanmar Times

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MAI offers relief flights for stranded expats, essential cargo deliveries
Myanmar Airways International (MAI) has been working with foreign embassies to operate relief flights to cities like Guangzhou, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur. Other routes will be announced once confirmed.
— Myanmar Times

Over 1.1 m households to enjoy electricity on completion of NEP-1 next year
Upon completion of national electrification plan-1, electricity can be provided for over 1.1 million households across Myanmar in September 2021, said Deputy Minister for Electricity and Energy Khin Maung Win.
— Eleven Myanmar

In Myanmar’s Rakhine state, conflict and internet blackout mar COVID-19 response
Rights groups and aid workers are voicing concerns about Myanmar’s capacity for dealing with the impending public health crisis of COVID-19, after the country’s first death was reported last week, amid a mounting caseload.
— Devex

Parts of Myanmar Reverse Plans For Long Coronavirus Lockdowns After Complaints
Officials in a Myanmar state and region on Tuesday have reversed earlier decisions to impose controversial two-week lockdowns to prevent the spread of the contagious coronavirus and are now allowing residents to leave their homes for essential services, as Myanmar added two more fatalities to its death count on Wednesday.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar’s Military Donates Wages to COVID-19 Fight
Myanmar’s commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and his armed forces say they have collectively donated over 2.245 billion kyats (US$1.6 million) to be used in the prevention, control and treatment of COVID-19.
— Irrawaddy

European companies in Myanmar feel the heat from COVID-19
A majority of European companies in Myanmar say they are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic with some expecting a loss of revenue of more than 50 percent, according to the latest corporate survey conducted by the European Chamber of Commerce in Myanmar.
— Myanmar Times

Rohingya Camps Defenceless Against COVID-19
The Rohingya are described as being “the most discriminated people in the world” by the United Nations (UN). They are one of Myanmar’s many ethnic minorities.
— The Asean Post

Myanmar Reports Two More COVID-19 Deaths, Taking Toll to Three
A 47-year-old man in Bago Region and a 63-year-old woman in Yangon died of COVID-19 on Wednesday, taking the country’s death toll to three.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Taekwondo Federation postpones selection process
The Myanmar Taekwondo Federation has decided to postpone the selection for members of the national selection team for international tournaments and for a training camp in South Korea.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s Education Ministry Closes Offices Amid COVID-19 Scare
Two Education Ministry offices have been closed in Naypyitaw after an aged staff member was reported with coronavirus symptoms.
— Irrawaddy

‘Doomsday’ for informal workers as COVID-19 rocks the economy
Economic turmoil and government measures to curb the coronavirus have dealt a cruel blow to workers in the informal sector, where layoffs go unrecorded and people out of work lack access to social security.
— Frontier Myanmar

COVID-19 positive patient’s family transferred to Waibargi Hospital in Yangon
Family members of the COVID-19 positive person in Paukkaung Township have gotten medical checkups on 8 April to be transferred from Pyay Hospital to Waibargi Specialist Hospital in Yangon, said Director-General U Zaw Htay of Ministry of Office of the State Counsellor.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar: 3 Charged for COVID-19 Street Art
Myanmar’s government should immediately drop all criminal charges against three street artists arrested for painting a mural that raises awareness about the coronavirus pandemic, Human Rights Watch said today. The artists, Zayar Hnaung, Ja Sai, and Naw Htun Aung, were charged on April 3, 2020 for violating Myanmar’s law criminalizing speech that “insults” religion.
— Human Right Watch

Preservation of evidence and property in areas of northern Rakhine State
Republic of the Union of Myanmar Office of the President Directive No 2/2020 1st Waning of Tagu 1381 ME (8 April 2020).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

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China sends medical team to Myanmar for COVID-19 control
The Chinese government has sent a team of medical experts to Myanmar to help the country cope with the COVID-19 epidemic, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian announced Wednesday.
— Xinhua

State Counsellor holds meeting with COVID-19 frontline warriors from Magway Region
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who chairs the National Central Committee for COVID-19 Prevention, Control and Treatment, held a video conference from the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw with persons concerned who were combatting COVID-19 in Magway Region yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Development of Dawei SEZ expected to be delayed again
Officials are expecting the outbreak of COVID-19 to slow the development of Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Tanintharyi Region.
— Myanmar Times

Announcement on free motivation services for people in Community Based Facility Quarantine, other quarantine
When the 14-day quarantine programme is carried out nationwide in efforts to prevent the COVID-19 disease spread, the people in the quarantine might be under stress due to the restrictions brought by the quarantine.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

MoE not under lock down
The Ministry of Education in Nay Pyi Taw is not under lock down, said Director-General U Zaw Htay of the Ministry of State Counsellor Office yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Tatmadaw seizes over $288M in drugs in Shan
The Tatmadaw (military) has seized K412 billion (US$288.44 million) worth of illegal drugs in Kutkai township in Shan State in the past 40 days, it said in a statement on April 7.
— Myanmar Times

MoI has completed over 90 pc copies of textbooks, says Union Minister
Union Minister Dr Pe Myint and Deputy Minister U Aung Hla Tun hold the coordination meeting through video conferencing yesterday on the progress of textbook production for 2020-2021 academic year.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Migrant Workers Face 14-Day Quarantine on Thai Border
Thousands of returning migrants from Thailand face two weeks in quarantine as some border towns struggle to cope with the influx.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar health ministry says quarantine is crucial to anti-virus fight
Putting people in quarantine who recently arrived from abroad or are suspected of being carriers is crucial to the government’s effort to contain COVID-19, the Health Ministry said.
— Myanmar Times

Seven Civilians Killed by Airstrike in Myanmar Chin State
Apart from the deaths, Myanmar’s military airstrike against the Arakan Army also wounded nine villagers, including a preschooler, Chin State’s government said.
— Irrawaddy

Well-wishers contribute donations to national COVID-19 committee, MoHS
Donors presented cash funds, medicines and pharmaceuticals to the National-Level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the Ministry of Health and Sports at the Public Health and Medical Services Department of Yangon Region yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Protests at garment factories in Myanmar called off
Protests at all factories under the Federation of Garment Workers Myanmar (FGWM) and where disputes have erupted between employers and workers, have been closed, said Ma Moe Sandar Myint, acting head of the FGWM.
— Myanmar Times

Chinese enterprises donate masks
Chinese enterprises provided medical masks for two Myanmar government organizations amid fight against COVID-19, Xinhua reported.
— Mizzima

The Padauk flower still blooms, despite restrictions
“Residents, I urge you stay in the house from April 10 to 19, except to buy food and essential items. We need to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak.”
— Myanmar Times

YRO formed with 55 Special Volunteers
With the aim to help with the COVID-19 cases, Yangon Region Social Welfare Organization (YRO) already has been formed with 55 special volunteers, according to YRO’s vice-chairman Moe Nyein.
— Eleven Myanmar

ASEAN health ministers hold special video conferences on COVID-19
The Special Video Conferences of the ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting and ASEAN Plus Three Health Ministers Meeting on COVID-19 were convened on 7 April.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Latest COVID-19 Developments in Myanmar: April 8, 2020
The Irrawaddy is posting daily roundups of the key events relating to Myanmar’s efforts to combat the coronavirus. Click here to see what’s happened so far and stay tuned for more.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Citizens Give Up Power Subsidy to Aid COVID-19 Fight
When the Myanmar government started helping people with their power bills to encourage them to stay home, many donated the money to the government’s COVID-19 fund.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Rights Groups Urge Release of Low-Risk Prisoners Amid Outbreak Fears
Rights groups in Myanmar have called for the release of prisoners who pose a low risk to public safety as fears grow of possible COVID-19 outbreaks in the country’s overcrowded prisons. The calls come as the number of fatalities from the disease rose to three on Wednesday with 22 total infections.
— Irrawaddy

Coronavirus: Myanmar military helps disinfect Yangon’s streets
Myanmar’s military has joined coronavirus relief efforts by disinfecting streets in Yangon. The southeast Asian country has reported just a handful of cases of COVID-19, but experts say the real figure may be many times higher.
— Yahoo News

Myanmar State Counselor Says State Will Care for Family of Deceased COVID-19 Patient
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar will look after the family of a COVID-19 patient who died Wednesday, saying “each of our people is valuable for the country.”
— Irrawaddy

Chinese COVID-19 Specialists Arrive in Yangon
A team of Chinese medical specialists has arrived for a 14-day visit to boost Myanmar’s ability to control, test and treat COVID-19.
— Irrawaddy



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