A youth from Kyaukme in northern Shan State was one of four that tested positive for Covid-19 in Burma this Monday. The novel coronavirus has spread across the globe since discovered in China in late 2019.
Sai Tun Nyan, an MP for Kyaukme township told SHAN the youth is from Kho Mung village-tract. The MP cautioned there’re many more in the township waiting for their lab analysis results.
The 24-year-old student in his third year of university had returned from Thailand. After developing a nasty cough and vomiting, he checked into the Kyaukme hospital on March 28.
Before arriving home, the student stayed at a hotel in Tachileik from March 25 – 26. He flew to Mandalay on March 28 and hired a private car for the rest of his way home.
“There are many people who have returned from foreign countries to Kyaukme township. More than 100 people are under quarantine in a high school. Travel in Kyaukme has been restricted by authorities and there’s only one road open,” Sai Tun Nyan told SHAN.
Three French nationals tested positive for Covid-19 after their Burmese tour guide was confirmed to have the virus. The tourists are in quarantine in a hotel while authorities attempt to track everyone they made contact with.
A Burmese national that returned from Thailand through the Maesot to Myawaddy border gate tested positive for covid-19 on Monday.
According to the Ministry of Health and Sports, there are 14 confirmed covid-19 cases in Burma.
After Covid-19 was announced in late December, following an outbreak in Wuhan in China’s Hubei Province, there have been 787,010 confirmed cases in 178 countries, according to data provided by Johns Hopkins University on March 31. The virus has killed 37,829 people. There have been 166, 214 recoveries.