Second virus wave in Myanmar claims over 70 lives in 1 week

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Myanmar has recorded another 70 deaths within a week of its second wave of coronavirus.

This was disclosed by the country’s Health Ministry on Thursday September 24, 2020.

The ministry in a statement said, “A total of 869 new coronavirus cases were registered on Wednesday, Myanmar’s highest single-day figure since the start of the outbreak.”

Over the past week, 3,868 infections and 73 virus-related fatalities were confirmed across the country, it added.

Myanmar is in the grip of a second COVID-19 wave, which originated in the western Rakhine state, since mid-August.

With hundreds of cases emerging daily, the government has reimposed domestic travel curbs throughout the country, with major cities, including the commercial hub of Yangon, placed under strict lockdown.

In early September, authorities instructed domestic airlines to suspend all services and also banned entry visas and international flights until the end of the month.

Restrictions have left Yangon’s streets quiet and deserted despite the country’s looming general elections.

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