By Nyein Nyein
Nearly 1,000 people have been arrested in Yangon in only two days for violation of the curfew to stem the spread of coronavirus, according to the Yangon Regional Police Force. Authorities took legal action against 647 people including 618 males and 29 females, 111 vehicles and 18 motorbikes on 2 September and 324 people including 308 males and 16 females, 73 cars and 24 motorbikes on 3 September under Section 188 of the Penal Code in Yangon region for breaking of the curfew. Anyone who fails to comply with the curfew has to face one-month imprisonment or a fine of K20,000 or both under Section 188 of the Penal Code. Moreover, those who go against the law may endanger the life, health and security, and in that case, they may face six months’ imprisonment or a fine of K100,000 or both.
The National-Level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19 imposed a nighttime curfew from 10 pm to 4 am on 18 April in Yangon region to prevent and control the pandemic. On 15 May, the curfew hour was changed into from midnight to 4 am from the previous 10 pm to 4 am local time. (Translated by Hay Mar)