The infection rate of the COVID-19 pandemic in Myanmar is on the rise day by day. The Ministry of Health and Sports issues the press release on the number of positive patients daily. Myanmar’s major cities fighting against the disease on the battlefield fall into the list of stay-at-home programmes. So, everybody needs to specially take care of fighting against the disease.
So far, eleven townships have been involved on the list of stay-at-home programme. These are Tonzang, Tiddim, Falam, Thantlang and Haka townships in Chin State, Kalay and Tamu townships in Sagaing Region, Pyu and Letpadan townships in Bago Region, Lashio and Laukkai townships in Shan State.
At a time when any township has been enlisted at the stay-at-home programme, local people of those townships miss the chance for freedom of their daily lifestyle.
They miss the chance to go elsewhere but reside at their homes only, except for the persons going to workplaces for serving duties. Those people need to individually go out shopping. They are banned for their freedom which they practised during the period before the outbreak of the pandemic. So, they are restricted to allowing two persons in maximum for going to hospitals and clinics. Even vehicles need to take registration to pass one place to another.
The act of restricting their daily life aims to enable remaining townships to be free from impacts of infection. As such, those people from the stay-at-home programmes should take pride in their sacrifice for all.
Unavoidably, those who returned from foreign countries should tightly be urged to join the quarantine centres not to infect virus from them if they are affected after receiving the laboratory tests for COVID-19 disease.
All the laboratory and medical examinations and restrictions are being implemented for the sake of remaining resident people as part of disinfection activities of the disease.
The people from various townships outside the stay-at-home programme should not commit discrimination against those people from the restricted townships in addition to provide necessary assistance for them.
In fact, the people residing in the townships included on the list of the stay-at-home programme are facing difficulties for their basic needs on a daily basis. But they should have to understand restrictions adopted by the authorities as the activities for disinfection of the virus. The act of restricting their daily life aims to enable remaining townships to be free from impacts of infection. As such, those people from the stay-at-home programmes should take pride in their sacrifice for all.