Market prices stable, take-away system in place in Nay Pyi Taw

People buying vegetables at the Thapyaygon market in Nay Pyi Taw.  Photo: MNA
People buying vegetables at the Thapyaygon market in Nay Pyi Taw.  Photo: MNA

Purchase of basic commodities rose sharply after COVID-19 positive cases appeared in Myanmar and while the market price went a bit unstable for a while, it has since regained normalcy in Nay Pyi Taw Council.
Vendors in Thapyaygon market report that purchasing has returned to normal and there is sufficient basic commodities to go around. One of the vendors, Daw Thuzar Win, said buying and selling of fish, meat and poultry has returned to normal and COVID-19 awareness is raised by authorities in markets. Even though she sometimes worries, she has to open her stall to acquire income.
Pyinmana’s Ahara Thukha market does not experience much difference in prices either, and store owner U Tin Maung Swe said he sells rice, cooking oil, salt and other commodities at usual prices as they can still be acquired normally with no shortage of stocks in sight.
Face masks, hand gel, Dettol and ethanol are on sale at the two aforementioned markets and Junction Center in Nay Pyi Taw but the price of face masks, at K450-K500 per piece, is criticized by the public for being out of reach of most people.
U Hlaing Oo drives a motorbike taxi from Kinmoontan Ward and says if community quarantines were to be imposed, it would seriously affect people like him who have to work everyday to get their daily income and requests authorities to consider that fact in their plans.
Most pubs, bars and tea shops have been closed in Nay Pyi Taw to prevent the spread of the virus and dine-in have been replaced with only take-away systems in restaurants.
U Zaw Min Hla is a restaurant manager and says they suspended dine-ins since 31 March. He said authorities come to check on the situation thrice a day and pricing and demand are proceeding normally.
The Nay Pyi Taw City Development Committee is spraying disinfectants across communities, installing hand-wash basins, cleaning public areas, ensuring there is no shortage of food and prices are not hiked up for exploitation. —MNA (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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