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Myanmar Govt Cracks Down on Fake COVID-19 News

The Myanmar government is following through on its threats to punish anyone who spreads fake news about COVID-19 as authorities arrested a man on Saturday for a Facebook post.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Govt Cracks Down on Fake COVID-19 News

The Myanmar government is following through on its threats to punish anyone who spreads fake news about COVID-19 as authorities arrested a man on Saturday for a Facebook post.

Myanmar Pharma Firm Donates Device to Massively Increase COVID-19 Testing

AA Medical has donated a new COVID-19 testing machine that will increase Myanmar’s testing capacity from 80 to over 1,400 people per day.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Pharma Firm Donates Device to Massively Increase COVID-19 Testing

AA Medical has donated a new COVID-19 testing machine that will increase Myanmar’s testing capacity from 80 to over 1,400 people per day.

Tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo Tests Positive for Coronavirus

A tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the coronavirus in the first known case of an animal falling ill after contracting COVID-19 from a human.
The Irrawaddy

Tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo Tests Positive for Coronavirus

A tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the coronavirus in the first known case of an animal falling ill after contracting COVID-19 from a human.

Myanmar’s State Counselor Vows ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Price Gougers of COVID-19 Protective Items

Those who jack up prices of essential items needed in the fight against COVID-19 will face prosecution, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has warned.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s State Counselor Vows ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Price Gougers of COVID-19 Protective Items

Those who jack up prices of essential items needed in the fight against COVID-19 will face prosecution, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has warned.

Latest COVID-19 Developments in Myanmar: April 6, 2020

The Irrawaddy is posting daily roundups of the key events relating to Myanmar’s efforts to combat the coronavirus. Click here to see what’s happened so far and stay tuned for more.
The Irrawaddy

Latest COVID-19 Developments in Myanmar: April 6, 2020

The Irrawaddy is posting daily roundups of the key events relating to Myanmar’s efforts to combat the coronavirus. Click here to see what’s happened so far and stay tuned for more.

Indians Light Lamps to Heed Modi’s Call for Coronavirus Comradeship

Millions of people across India lit candles and lamps on Sunday evening in a show of solidarity as the country remains in lockdown due to the coronavirus.
The Irrawaddy

Indians Light Lamps to Heed Modi’s Call for Coronavirus Comradeship

Millions of people across India lit candles and lamps on Sunday evening in a show of solidarity as the country remains in lockdown due to the coronavirus.

Singapore Sees Record Rise in COVID-19 Cases, Quarantines 20,000 Migrant Workers

Singapore recorded 120 new coronavirus cases on Sunday—its largest daily spike—and ordered tens of thousands of workers to be quarantined.
The Irrawaddy

Singapore Sees Record Rise in COVID-19 Cases, Quarantines 20,000 Migrant Workers

Singapore recorded 120 new coronavirus cases on Sunday—its largest daily spike—and ordered tens of thousands of workers to be quarantined.

British PM Boris Johnson Admitted to Hospital as COVID-19 Symptoms Persist

Ten days after testing positive for the coronavirus, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital with persistent symptoms.
The Irrawaddy

British PM Boris Johnson Admitted to Hospital as COVID-19 Symptoms Persist

Ten days after testing positive for the coronavirus, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital with persistent symptoms.

Myanmar Confronts COVID-19

Authorities, both civilian and military, are working to limit the spread of COVID-19; if only such efforts could be applied to contain armed conflict in the country.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Confronts COVID-19

Authorities, both civilian and military, are working to limit the spread of COVID-19; if only such efforts could be applied to contain armed conflict in the country.

Mandalay Bus Company Banned for Violating Govt COVID-19 Order

The Mandalay government has banned a bus company for violating a mandate to reduce crowding in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Irrawaddy

Mandalay Bus Company Banned for Violating Govt COVID-19 Order

The Mandalay government has banned a bus company for violating a mandate to reduce crowding in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Five Rakhine Civilian Deaths Blamed on Myanmar’s Military

Five civilians have been killed and at least seven injured in what sources say was an attack by Myanmar’s military on Kyauktaw in Rakhine State.
The Irrawaddy

Five Rakhine Civilian Deaths Blamed on Myanmar’s Military

Five civilians have been killed and at least seven injured in what sources say was an attack by Myanmar’s military on Kyauktaw in Rakhine State.

Myanmar Has Run Over 1,000 COVID-19 Tests; 20 Turned Out Positive


Myanmar has tested over 1,000 people for COVID-19 and will soon open a
second testing lab as hospitals across the country prepare for a possible
outbreak.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Has Run Over 1,000 COVID-19 Tests; 20 Turned Out Positive


Myanmar has tested over 1,000 people for COVID-19 and will soon open a
second testing lab as hospitals across the country prepare for a possible
outbreak.

Myanmar Health Workers Sing to Lift Spirits of People in Quarantine

Health care workers and volunteers at COVID-19 quarantine centers in Myanmar have found creative ways to entertain the people they care for and boost morale.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Health Workers Sing to Lift Spirits of People in Quarantine

Health care workers and volunteers at COVID-19 quarantine centers in Myanmar have found creative ways to entertain the people they care for and boost morale.

How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Affecting the Global Food Supply

While supplies of most foods are believed to be adequate, the coronavirus pandemic is causing agricultural labor shortages and shipment disruptions.
The Irrawaddy

How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Affecting the Global Food Supply

While supplies of most foods are believed to be adequate, the coronavirus pandemic is causing agricultural labor shortages and shipment disruptions.

Britons Reconvene on Doorsteps to Clap for Health Workers

In what looks set to become a weekly ritual, Britons took to their doorsteps and windows to applaud healthcare workers amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Irrawaddy

Britons Reconvene on Doorsteps to Clap for Health Workers

In what looks set to become a weekly ritual, Britons took to their doorsteps and windows to applaud healthcare workers amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Malaysia’s Indigenous People Flee Into Forests to Escape Coronavirus

Following the first COVID-19 case among Malaysia’s indigenous Orang Asli people, some in the community say they will retreat into the forest to protect themselves.
The Irrawaddy

Malaysia’s Indigenous People Flee Into Forests to Escape Coronavirus

Following the first COVID-19 case among Malaysia’s indigenous Orang Asli people, some in the community say they will retreat into the forest to protect themselves.

Ex-Rakhine State Security Minister Appointed Peace Adviser to Myanmar President

The Myanmar President has appointed Col. Htein Lin, a former military lawmaker and Rakhine State security and border affairs minister, as a peace adviser.
The Irrawaddy

Ex-Rakhine State Security Minister Appointed Peace Adviser to Myanmar President

The Myanmar President has appointed Col. Htein Lin, a former military lawmaker and Rakhine State security and border affairs minister, as a peace adviser.

Ambassadors Call for End to Conflict in Myanmar Amid COVID-19

Ambassadors to Myanmar from 18 countries have called on the military and ethnic armed groups to end hostilities as the country is extremely vulnerable to impacts of COVID-19.
The Irrawaddy

Ambassadors Call for End to Conflict in Myanmar Amid COVID-19

Ambassadors to Myanmar from 18 countries have called on the military and ethnic armed groups to end hostilities as the country is extremely vulnerable to impacts of COVID-19.

Myanmar Govt’s Crackdown on Journalists Angers Media and Legal Insiders

Media and legal sources tell The Irrawaddy why the government is wrong to prosecute journalists for speaking to the Arakan Army.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Govt’s Crackdown on Journalists Angers Media and Legal Insiders

Media and legal sources tell The Irrawaddy why the government is wrong to prosecute journalists for speaking to the Arakan Army.

Volunteers, Govt Staff Fighting COVID-19 in Myanmar Face Discrimination

People quarantined for COVID-19 in Myanmar, as well those who work to support them, face discrimination as misunderstandings about quarantine run rampant.
The Irrawaddy

Volunteers, Govt Staff Fighting COVID-19 in Myanmar Face Discrimination

People quarantined for COVID-19 in Myanmar, as well those who work to support them, face discrimination as misunderstandings about quarantine run rampant.

Advice from an Ex-Political Prisoner: How to Cope With COVID-19 Isolation

Bo Kyi spent eight years in a Myanmar prison, including a year in solitary confinement, for political activism. He has some advice to help get us through our COVID-19 isolation.
The Irrawaddy

Advice from an Ex-Political Prisoner: How to Cope With COVID-19 Isolation

Bo Kyi spent eight years in a Myanmar prison, including a year in solitary confinement, for political activism. He has some advice to help get us through our COVID-19 isolation.

Amid Accelerating Spread of COVID-19, Poorest Nations Need Debt Relief: WHO

The chief of the World Health Organization said expedited debt relief was needed for the world’s poorest nations as the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths mount.
The Irrawaddy

Amid Accelerating Spread of COVID-19, Poorest Nations Need Debt Relief: WHO

The chief of the World Health Organization said expedited debt relief was needed for the world’s poorest nations as the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths mount.

Bangkok to Close Parks as Thailand’s Coronavirus Cases Rise

All parks in Bangkok will be closed as the Thai capital tightens restrictions on public movement amid a mounting number of cases and deaths from COVID-19
The Irrawaddy

Bangkok to Close Parks as Thailand’s Coronavirus Cases Rise

All parks in Bangkok will be closed as the Thai capital tightens restrictions on public movement amid a mounting number of cases and deaths from COVID-19

Indonesia to Open Emergency Coronavirus Hospital on Uninhabited Island

A new hospital being built to house Indonesia’s COVID-19 patients on an uninhabited island near Sumatra will open next week, officials said.
The Irrawaddy

Indonesia to Open Emergency Coronavirus Hospital on Uninhabited Island

A new hospital being built to house Indonesia’s COVID-19 patients on an uninhabited island near Sumatra will open next week, officials said.

Latest COVID-19 Developments in Myanmar: April 2, 2020

A number of health workers and dozens of North Okkalapa residents have been quarantined after coming into contact with Myanmar’s 16th confirmed COVID-19 patient.
The Irrawaddy

Latest COVID-19 Developments in Myanmar: April 2, 2020

A number of health workers and dozens of North Okkalapa residents have been quarantined after coming into contact with Myanmar’s 16th confirmed COVID-19 patient.

Myanmar Police Continue Arrests, Interrogations of Reporters Over AA Coverage

Following Monday’s arrest of the VOM editor-in-chief, police on Tuesday questioned journalists from two other news organizations over their reporting on the Arakan Army.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Police Continue Arrests, Interrogations of Reporters Over AA Coverage

Following Monday’s arrest of the VOM editor-in-chief, police on Tuesday questioned journalists from two other news organizations over their reporting on the Arakan Army.

Plenty of Food Delivery Options for Yangon Residents Practicing Home Quarantine

To cater to the many people who are choosing to self-isolate amid the coronavirus outbreak, a number of Yangon eateries are providing food delivery services.
The Irrawaddy

Plenty of Food Delivery Options for Yangon Residents Practicing Home Quarantine

To cater to the many people who are choosing to self-isolate amid the coronavirus outbreak, a number of Yangon eateries are providing food delivery services.

Myanmar Journalists Furious as Govt Blocks Over 200 Websites Including News Pages

News agencies are objecting after the Myanmar government ordered telecom operators to
block over 200 websites.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Journalists Furious as Govt Blocks Over 200 Websites Including News Pages

News agencies are objecting after the Myanmar government ordered telecom operators to
block over 200 websites.

Poor to Bear Brunt of Impact as COVID-19 Slows Myanmar’s Economy: World Bank

The World Bank warns COVID-19 will slow Myanmar’s economic growth to 2-3% this fiscal year, with the poor, travel-related businesses and exporters hit the hardest.
The Irrawaddy

Poor to Bear Brunt of Impact as COVID-19 Slows Myanmar’s Economy: World Bank

The World Bank warns COVID-19 will slow Myanmar’s economic growth to 2-3% this fiscal year, with the poor, travel-related businesses and exporters hit the hardest.

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