The Ministry of Health and Sports confirmed that 3 new cases of COVID-19 were tested positive among 62 quarantined suspects from Yangon and Naypyidaw at 11:00 PM on 27 March 2020.

A 29-year-old Myanmar citizen from Insein township who had travelled with the case-03 patient and returned to the country on 21 March from the UK and Thailand tested positive for the virus on March 27. He was quarantined upon arrival, hospitalized on 26 March and is now being isolated at Waibargyi Hospital.

A 60-year-old Myanmar tour guide and Bahan Twp resident who had not recently left the country developed the symptoms; cough, vomiting, chest pain, and was sent to Yangon General Hospital on 26 March, 2020. She tested positive on 27 March. Although she hasn’t travelled abroad, she had contact with French tourists inside the country as a tour guide.

Another positive was found on a 58-year-old Switzerland citizen (female) who was quarantined at a hotel in Naypyidaw after she came back from Geneva, transited in Bangkok, on 18 March 2020. As she had fever, cough and diarrhea during her isolation, she was sent to Naypyidaw 1000 Bedded General Hospital on 26 March and her result came out yesterday and tested positive. She also had a two-hour contact with her father who was tested positive for the virus in Switzerland on 13 March 2020.

Now they are being treated well at individual hospitals and are doing well. All the positive results were sent to the WHO accredited laboratory for validation. Officials are now tracing those who had contacts with the patients and they will be isolated and quarantined.

All the citizens are urged to follow the rules and information stated by the Ministry of Health and Sports and to report to nearest healthcare centers if COVID-19 suspected patients are found. Please find the Emergency contact numbers below.

Public Health Emergency Operation Center – 067 3420268
Yangon Airport Health Quarantine Unit – 09 7999838333
Yangon Regional Department of Public Health – 09 449001261, 09 794510057
Mandalay Regional Department of Public Health – 09 2000344, 09 43099526

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Min Ye Kyaw
Matt worked with MYANMORE for four years covering a wide range of topics.


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