Myanmar morning news for March 30

Myanmar morning news for March 30
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Myanmar COVID-19 patients climb to 10
The number of COVID-19 patients in Myanmar has been increasing steadily as the Health Ministry confirmed two more infections on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 10.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar to ban intl. commercial passenger flights
Myanmar’s government says it will ban the landing of all international commercial passenger flights for two weeks starting late on Monday, to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
— NHK World

Myanmar CSOs issue statement of concern over rights during the COVID-19 crisis
An extensive list of 200 Myanmar civil society organizations (CSOs) today issued a joint statement voicing concern about how the Myanmar authorities handle their programme to prevent the spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19.
— Mizzima

COVID-19: Myanmar temporarily suspends entry visas
Myanmar will temporarily suspend entry visas beginning Sunday in efforts to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
— AA

Mandalay closes 41 markets, Dawei shuts down beaches
Mandalay city ordered the shutdown of 41 big markets, and Dawei city in Tanintharyi region closed its famed beaches as Myanmar’s bid to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak leveled-up on Saturday.
— Myanmar Times

Maritime trade up $2.27 bln in 2019-20FY
The value of Myanmar’s maritime trade for the period between 1 October and 20 March in the 2019-2020 fiscal year totalled US$13.49 billion, an increase of over $2.27 billion compared to the year-ago period, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

4 Chinese arrested in Tak trying to cross border to Myanmar
Four Chinese nationals were arrested on Saturday trying to sneak across the border from Mae Sot district to Myanmar, an immigration police source said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Rakhine State government holds coordination meeting over Covid-19
A coordination meeting over prevention, control and treatment of Covid-19 was held at the meeting hall of Rakhine State government in Sittway yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

World Bank rep arrives in Myanmar and self-quarantines in COVID-19 era
The new World Bank Country Director for Myanmar, Cambodia and Lao PDR, Mariam Sherman, has just arrived in Myanmar is taking 14 days to “self-quarantine” as a precaution, given the need to prevent the spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19.
— Mizzima

Only ticket holders allowed inside Yangon airport
Yangon International Airport (YIA) will restrict the public’s access to its terminal buildings in accordance with the Department of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Myanmar Times

State agencies, trade bodies discuss measures on stability of market prices
Officials from state departments, trade bodies and merchant associations held talks to control surge in prices of goods and commodities amid Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

MoHS calls for public participation, understanding in measures against COVID-19
The Ministry of Health and Sports organized the 44/2020 coordination meeting in video conferencing in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, linking with regional level health authorities, to discuss updated measures against the Covid-19.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Yangon restaurants asked to close dine-in services, operate take-away only
Restaurants in Yankin township have been asked to close immediately and operate take-away services only, according to a letter signed by the Yankin Municipal Committee under the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) and delivered by hand to restaurant owners this morning.
— Myanmar Times

World-class water treatment plant project to come into sight in Yangon
At a time when every effort is being made to ensure equitable urban development in Yangon, a host of various projects are being implemented not only in the downtown but also in the outskirts.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s airport to restrict public access to terminal buildings amid fear of COVID-19 spread
Myanmar will restrict public access to the terminal buildings of the Yangon International Airport amid fear of COVID-19 spread from Sunday, said a notice issued by the Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), operator of the airport late Saturday.

Dala markets regularly cleaned, disinfected
The Yangon City Development Committee sprayed disinfectants in Aung Zeya and Kamakasit markets in Dala Township and cleaned the area for a second time yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Htikhee border trade falls by $237.78 mln as of 20 March
Bilateral trade between Thailand and Myanmar through the Htikhee border between 1 October and 20 March in the 2019-2020 financial years sharply fell to US$973.28 million from $1.2 billion registered in the year-ago period, according to the Commerce Ministry data.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Highway bus lines to halve number of passengers, double ticket prices
Yangon-As a measure to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Ministry of Transport and Communications ordered the highway bus lines to reduce the number of passengers by half and double ticket prices, on 28 March.
— Eleven Myanmar

The Statement of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) on the status of its handling of complaints Statement No. (2/2020)
The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission was reconstituted under Order No. 3/2020 dated 14 January 2020 of the Office of the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Bago regional residents donate medical supplies to fight Covid-19
Well-wishers in Bago Region have donated medical supplies to the regional committee on Prevention, Control, and Treatment of Coronavirus in a bid to help fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Tour guide with COVID-19 travelled with tourists from Mandalay to Kalaw
The Union of Myanmar Tourism Association (UMTA) in Mandalay has traced and announced the movements of the 60-year-old tour guide who tested positive for COVID-19.
— Myanmar Times

Banana yields high, but its price falls
The yield of banana in early this month was high, but its price slightly declined, according to the Myanmar Banana Producer Association.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Arakan State parliament in recess due to COVID-19
Khin Tharaphy Oo — The Arakan State legislature went into recess on March 25 and will remain adjourned until further notice due to the risk of coronavirus spread.
— BNI Online

Announcement on laws to be abided by people in time of COVID-19 crisis
The Union Government is beefing up the prevention, control and treatment of the Coronavirus Disease-COVID-19.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Rohingya refugees and coronavirus: A disaster waiting to happen?
The arrival of COVID-19 in Bangladesh could spell disaster for the Rohingya community. Huge numbers of Rohingya refugees are marooned in refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar, where one of the country’s first fatalities occurred.
— Asean Today

Announcement on Temporary suspension of all types of visas for foreign nationals from all countries visiting Myanmar
With a view to further strengthening measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has decided to adopt the following entry visa restrictions for visitors from all countries with effect from 29 March 2020, 0001 hours (Myanmar standard time).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

KBZ Bank donates hospital equipment
KBZ Bank is contributing donations valued at more than MMK1.4 billion for hospital equipment and supplies to prevent, control and treat COVID-19 in Myanmar.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Race against time to prevent outbreak in Rohingya camps
The sprawling Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, hosts to more than 1.1 million forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals, are vulnerable to a high risk of coronavirus outbreak which could prove deadly for both the refugees and the local community.
— The Daily New Nation

Essential foodstuffs, medicines shops remain open in Mandalay markets
Shops selling essential household groceries, fresh fish, meat, vegetables, and medicines and medical equipment will remain open, and other shops will be closed down effective from 28 March in Mandalay markets, said an MCDC official.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar army raids militia base in Shan State
The Myanmar Army raided the headquarters the Kaungkha militia in northern Shan state on Thursday, seizing illegal drugs, interrogating leaders, and confiscating about 1,000 weapons, an officer in the militia told RFA’s Myanmar Service.
— BNI Online

Two more confirmed cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, total cases reach 10
Laboratory results of the National Health Laboratory (Yangon) on specimen from a total of 82 persons under investigation and quarantined persons at 9 pm 29 March 2020 has shown two positive cases of Covid-19 (Table 1), and the remaining 80 persons were tested negative.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Ministry drafts plan for prevention of COVID-19 at IDP camps
Yangon-Ministry has drafted a plan for the prevention of COVID-19 at the IDP camps nationwide, said Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye, on a video conferencing with UN’s humanitarian organizations on 27 March.
— Eleven Myanmar

30 patients are pending lab results: Ministry
Yangon-Eight COVID-19 confirmed patients and 30 patients pending lab results, are being treated at the relevant hospitals, according to the surveillance dashboard of the Ministry of Health and Sports on 29 March.
— Eleven Myanmar

Any threat to the public’s health is a crime
With the approval from the National-level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of the Coronavirus Disease, ministries concerned have released instructions and directives to overcome the Coronavirus crisis, and people are obliged to understand the prohibitions and to follow the official advice.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Braces for Coronavirus Outbreak
Myanmar has confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus. Can it prevent infections from exploding?
— The Diplomat

MFF presents quarantine centre to healthcare providers amid Covid-19
The Myanmar Football Federation has prepared an apartment of the Myanmar National Football Teams as a quarantine centre for healthcare workers, nurses, and physicians, who are assisting in combatting the Covid-19 spread, according to the football federation.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

NSO appeals India, Myanmar to cease military operations
Amid COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, the Naga Students’ Organization (NSO), Myanmar has claimed that joint military operations by the government of Myanmar and India was being carried out in the northern western parts of Naga Self-Administered Zone (SAZ), Sagaing Region of Myanmar bordering India.
— Nagaland Post

Tatmadaw True News Team holds press conference in Nay Pyi Taw
Tatmadaw True News Team held a press conference at Defence Services Museum in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday evening. Officials of the Directorate of Medical Services of the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) conducted COVID-19 test on the participants before the start of the press meet as a virus preventive measure.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

UNHCR voices concern over mounting Myanmar casualties
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has expressed concern over reports of mounting civilian casualties and growing displacement triggered by the latest escalation of clashes in western Myanmar.
— Mizzima

Stimulus moves win praise, but will they be enough?
The business community has welcomed interest rate cuts and other stimulus measures aimed at cushioning the impact of the coronavirus, but there’s consensus that more needs to be done to avert business closures and massive job losses.
— Frontier Myanmar



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