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Myanmar gov’t lifts stay-at-home orders in all designated townships

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The Myanmar government has lifted the stay-at-home orders in all designated townships after seeing no new COVID-19 cases in the areas, a health official told Xinhua on Tuesday.

The government imposed partial lockdown, named “Stay at Home” in 10 townships of Yangon region and one in Sagaing region as the townships registered most infection cases of COVID-19.

On Tuesday, Insein, one of the townships in Yangon region, was last removed from the stay-at-home measures while others were removed separately in May and earlier this month.

“We have brought the pandemic under control to some extent in the country, with everyone’s participation,” said Director of Health Literacy Promotion Unit, Public Health Department under the Health and Sports Ministry, Than Naing Soe.

Meanwhile, Myanmar’s State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi said in a post on social media on Monday that the effective measures may prevent the country from the second wave of COVID-19 in a couple of months while restrictions of mass gatherings are still in effect and urged people to be alert of asymptomatic transmissions.

According to the ministry’s figures, Myanmar has reported 299 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with six deaths while the number of recovered patients reaches 221 as of Tuesday morning.

(XINHUA)

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Death toll rises to 113 in monsoon landslides in Myanmar’s northernmost state

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The death toll from monsoon landslides in Myanmar‘s Kachin state has risen to 113 as more bodies were recovered on Thursday, said a release from the Information Ministry.

“An over 304-meter high cliff collapsed, burying local jade scavengers,” a rescue worker at the scene was quoted in the ministry’s earlier release as saying.

Caused by the monsoon rains, the landslides occurred at a jade mining site in Sate Mu village tract of Hpakant township at 08:00 a.m. local time, according to a release from the Fire Services Department.

Hundreds of jade scavengers are feared to have been buried as the landslides occurred during their working hours, but exact numbers of casualties are yet to be known and rescue operations are being carried out, a township police officer told Xinhua.

Deadly landslides are frequent in Kachin state, known as land of jade, especially in Hpakant mining region.

Many local people make living by jade scavenging in the region and most of the landslides are caused by partial collapse of tailings heaps and dams.

A major landslide, which occurred in the region in November 2015, left at least 116 jade scavengers dead.

(XINHUA)

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Death toll rises to 96 in monsoon landslide in Myanmar’s state

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The death toll of monsoon landslides in Myanmar‘s Kachin state has risen to 96 as more bodies were recovered on Thursday, said a release from the Information Ministry.

“A over 304-meter high cliff collapsed, burying local jade scavengers,” a rescue worker at the scene was quoted by the ministry.

Caused by the monsoon rains, the landslide occurred at a jade mining site in Sate Mu village tract of Hpakant township at 08:00 a.m. local time, according to a release from the Fire Services Department.

Hundreds of jade scavengers are feared buried as the landslide took place during their working hours, but the exact number of casualties are yet to be known and rescue works are being carried out, a township police told Xinhua.

Deadly landslides are frequent in Kachin state, known as land of jade, especially in Hpakant mining region.

Many local people make their living by jade scavenging in the region and most of the landslides are caused by the partial collapse of tailings heaps and dams.

A major fatal landslide occurred in the region in November 2015, leaving at least 116 jade scavengers dead.

(XINHUA)

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At least 50 killed in landslide, many feared missing in Myanmar’s state

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Bodies of at least 50 jade scavengers have been recovered so far after a massive landslide in Myanmar‘s Kachin state on Thursday morning, according to a press release from the Fire Services Department.

Caused by the monsoon rains, the landslide occurred at a jade mining site in Sate Mu village tract of Hpakant township at 08:00 a.m. local time, the release said.

Hundreds of jade scavengers were feared buried as the landslide took place during their working hours, but exact numbers of casualties are yet to be known and rescue works are being carried out, a township police told Xinhua.

Deadly landslides are frequent in Kachin state, known as land of jade, especially in Hpakant mining region.

Many locals make living by jade scavenging in the region and most of the landslides are caused by the partial collapse of tailings heaps and dams.

A major fatal landslide occurred in the region in November 2015, leaving at least 116 jade scavengers dead.

(XINHUA)

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At least 50 killed, many feared missing in jade mine landslide in Myanmar

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Bodies of at least 50 jade scavengers have been recovered while many others are still missing in a landslide in Myanmar‘s Kachin state on Thursday, U Dollar, an official from the local village administration office, told Xinhua.

Caused by the monsoon rains, the landslide occurred at a jade mining site in Sate Mu village tract of Hpakant township at 08:00 a.m. local time, said a release from the Fire Services Department.

(XINHUA)

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Myanmar’s general election set in early November

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Myanmar‘s Union Election Commission (UEC) on Wednesday announced to hold the 2020 General Election on Nov. 8 this year.

The commission also issued the dates to enlist representatives for respective constituencies from July 20 to Aug. 7 while scrutiny of contestants list will be done on Aug. 11 to 17.

The date for the campaigns will be announced after the list of the contestants is confirmed.

A total of 330 constituencies will contest for the House of Representatives (Lower House)while 168 constituencies for the House of Nationalities (Upper House)644 constituencies for state or region parliaments and 29 constituencies for ethnic minority for state or region parliaments, said the commission’s recent announcement.

About 37 million people are eligible to vote in the upcoming general election and 97 political parties are registered to take part in the election.

Myanmar’s previous general election was held on Nov. 8, 2015, in which Aung San Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy (NLD) won the absolute majority of the parliamentary seats and has run the government since April 2016.

The five-year term of the incumbent NLD government will end in March 2021.

(XINHUA)

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Large haul of narcotic drugs seized in Myanmar’s eastern state

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Myanmar authorities seized a large haul of narcotic drugs in the eastern Shan state, according to a statement from the Central Committee for Drug Abuse Control (CCDAC) on Wednesday.

The security forces made a seizure during their operation near Yaypusan village in Tachileik township on Tuesday.

About 1.9 million of stimulants worth over 2.9 billion kyats (2.1 million United States dollars), 20 kg of stimulants worth 300 million kyats (214,285 United States dollars) and materials used in making drugs were confiscated.

Further investigation is underway to capture the suspects under the country’s Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law, the statement said.

According to the latest statistics released by the President’s Office on Monday, a total of 1,210 drug-related cases were registered across Myanmar, while 1,869 people were charged in connection with the cases as of June 27, since the formation of the Drug Activity Special Complaint Department on June 26, 2018.

(XINHUA)

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Myanmar announces constituencies for general election

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Myanmar‘s Union Election Commission (UEC) has announced the constituencies for the 2020 general election.

According to the announcement late Monday, there are 330 constituencies for the House of Representatives (Lower House)168 constituencies for the House of Nationalities (Upper House)644 constituencies for state or region parliaments and 29 constituencies for ethnic minority in state or region parliaments.

The date of 2020 general election will be announced based on the control of the COVID-19 outbreak as Myanmar is trying to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19, UEC Chairman U Hla Thein told a meeting with the political parties.

There are 97 registered political parties at present to run campaigns for parliamentary seats nationwide in the 2020 election.

Myanmar’s previous general election was held in November 2015, in which Aung San Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy (NLD) won the absolute majority of parliament and ran the government since April 2016. The five-year term of the incumbent NLD government will end in March 2021.

(XINHUA)

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COVID-19 cases increase to 296 in Myanmar

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The total number of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar has increased to 296, with three more confirmed cases reported on Sunday morning, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports.

According to the release, the newly confirmed cases are returnees who were under quarantine after their recent arrivals from Thailand and India.

As of Sunday morning, a total of 71,692 samples were tested for COVID-19 and 5,878 patients are under investigation at present, the ministry’s figures said.

According to the ministry’s figures, 216 patients have recovered from the disease so far.

Myanmar reported its first two positive cases of COVID-19 on March 23 and six deaths have been reported so far.

(XINHUA)

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Myanmar gov’t extends COVID-19 related preventive measures until mid-July

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Myanmar government announced late Saturday further extension of preventive measures against COVID-19 until July 15.

The national-level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment on COVID-19 issued the announcement of extension measures as part of efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

The measures which had been lifted will not be affected in the extension, but those such as restrictions of gathering five persons or above, mass gatherings and others will remain in effect.

Those measures should be extended to remind the public to stay safe and alert since the pandemic has not ended yet, Yangon Region Social Affairs Minister Naing Ngan Lin told Xinhua.

Meanwhile, the government has been lifting some restrictions such as allowing factories, workshops and hotels to reopen, the regional minister said.

Myanmar has reported 293 COVID-19 confirmed cases with six deaths as of Saturday, according to latest figures released by the Health and Sports Ministry.

(XINHUA)

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