Myanmar needs to sustain extraordinary efforts in COVID-19 containment

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Only 374 positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Myanmar up to 15 August. The number is very lower in comparing with its neighbouring countries. It is an undeniable truth that the government could lead and persuade its people in preventive and control measures against the pandemic.
Although Myanmar people were unfamiliar with strict control measures in preventing crowds and gatherings, hygiene practices and homestay practices, people could adhere to orders, guidelines and directives of the National-Level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19 and the Ministry of Health and Sports. This united efforts and high standards of discipline of our people could prevent a higher number of positive cases in the country. A majority of the new cases came from the returnees from abroad.
The government has firm determination to welcome back its nationals stranded in foreign countries. The repatriation programmes are being carried out in line with the country’s quarantine capacity. Myanmar needs to sustain this incredible response to the pandemic while lifting strict social distancing systematically. The number of limited persons for gatherings and activities has been set less than 30, from the previous number of 15. The government is taking steps to resume some events and activities, including football games.
In relaxing strict measures, people need to be cautious about preventive measures against this to avoid another wave of this disease which is extremely expensive for the country and people. Some countries have announced they could produce COVID-19 vaccines in the near future. However, WHO takes reasonable steps to verify the accuracy of the information, and the vaccine needs to be affordable and accessible to all in addressing systemic health inequalities. Myanmar’s peak season for travellers is from October to February. If people keep on adhering to the directives and guidelines for containment of this disease, the country could enjoy the upcoming tour season without fear and worry about the pandemic.

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