.A man wearing a face mask seen walking in front of a street which is placed under semi-lockdown in Yangon. Photo: Mar Naw/The Myanmar Times
Myanmar’s youngest COVID-19 patient among five new recoveries
‘The 2019 Plague” Day 169’
Five more COVID-19 patients in Myanmar are on the road to recovery after recent tests showed no remaining signs of the virus. No new cases were detected as at 8 pm, on May 14, the health ministry said.
Among the new recoveries is Case-95, Myanmar’s youngest patient at just 18 months of age. The toddler tested positive on April 19, after contracting the virus from his great grandfather (Case-39) who was 85 and among the six fatalities so far.
“The boy has no virus now according to the test results. He tested negative twice. He and his parents will be transferred to Phaunggyi COVID-19 Medical Center and he will also be quarantined for 21 days,” Daw Aye Aye Aung, Medical Superintendent of Wabaigi Specialist Hospital, told The Myanmar Times.
His great grandfather was tested positive on April 9 after being admitted to Yangon General Hospital for fever and cough. He suffered from underlying diseases including diabetes and coronary heart disease.
Of the remaining four patients who have recovered, three were traced back to a church cluster in Insein township. More that 70 people who attended a ceremony held at the church last month have since tested positive.
The remaining patient caught the virus after coming into contact with Case-79, an employee from Pan Pacific Hotel Yangon.
The Department of Medical Research in Yangon Region on May 14 tested 151 persons suspected of being infected with the virus but all the results were negative.
From January 31 to May 14 at 7 am, the government tested 12,428 people for the disease, it added.
So far, Myanmar has reported 181 COVID-19 cases with six deaths and 84 recoveries, according to the health ministry data.
Yangon now accounts for 146 of all COVID-19 cases in the country. Seventy-one out of the 146 cases in Yangon were traced to the church ceremony in Insein, including that of famous most Myanmar rock star Myo Gyi, who has since recovered. Among 146 cases in Yangon, Insein Township is highest with 43 cases.
No cases have been found yet in Kayin, Tanintharyi, Ayeyarwady, Rakhine, and Kayah regions and states.
The global pandemic has spread to 185 countries, killing over 297, 000 people and afflicting almost 4,371 Million people, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre.