The number of passengers on board the Myeik-Yangon Express buses dropped over 80 per cent starting from the first week of September, according to Myeik Private Transport Supervision Committee. “Our bus lines are operating depending upon the number of passengers to be in line with the instructions of the regional government and the Ministry of Health and Sports. Now, we haven’t got any instruction yet to suspend the bus lines. The number of passengers has declined this month compared to last month.
Now, we got the information that some COVID-19 positive patients were found in Rakhine and Yangon, and this is the reason why there are some restrictions which caused the number of passengers to drop. There are a few passengers on board the buses, said a person in charge of Myeik bus line.
“Previously, about 400-500 passengers reached the highway terminal for travelling. Now, people are staying at home to be safe against the pandemic. There were only 15 or 20 passengers on board Myeik-Yangon Express in July and August 2020. In September, there were only ten passengers on the buses,” said an official from Myeik Private Transport Supervision Committee.
“Those who will come from the stay-at-home townships from Rakhine and Yangon need to bring the ward administrator’s recommendation and the health department’s recommendation. They also need to be quarantined for 14 days and also to undergo a medical checkup in Myeik at their own expense of K3,400 per day. Then, they have to be one week quarantined at home. After that, they are free to go. Our Express lines haven’t stopped the operation yet,” he added. —Myint Oo (Myeik) (Translated by Hay Mar)