‘The 2019 Plague” Day 196
Twelve people, including a health worker who was infected locally, have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports at 8am and 8pm on June 11.
The first infected patient announced for the day is a 24-year-old woman, Case-249 in the ministry’s list, from Momauk township in Kachin State. The woman is a nurse at the Lweje health department. She was undergoing community-based facility quarantine at a centre in Momauk township where she tested positive.
“[Case-249] tested more than 10,000 returnees at Lweje border checkpoint as part of health inspections and fever surveillance. Health authorities are still tracing all those who had contact with the nurse,” U Nay Win, a state legislator from Momauk constituency No 1 told The Myanmar Times.
The health ministry reported that Case-249 did not have any contact with a positive patient and had no travel history. She has been admitted to Bhamaw General Hospital for treatment. She is now the second COVID-19 confirmed patient in Kachin State.
The state Department of Public Health said that 23 persons who had close contact with Case-249 have been placed under quarantine and are so far in good health.
Last week, a 30-year-old female health worker, Case-231, from Muse township in Northern Shan State, was also reported to be infected after caring for a patient who returned from China.
The second infected patient is a 26-year-old Rakhine Muslim man, Case-250, from Buthidaung township in Rakhine State. The man underwent community-based facility quarantine at Myoma Taung Block in Buthidaung township where he tested positive.
“[Case-250] entered Maungdaw township illegally from Bangladesh. He tested positive among eight illegal returnees at the community-based facility quarantine centre. Authorities are currently tracing his contact history,” said U Tun Aung Thein, MP from Buthidaung constituency No 2.
“The authorities checked the illegal returnees after receiving information provided by local residents. The government officials should conduct thorough checks on returnees from Bangladesh,” he told this paper.
Until June 11, Rakhine State has reported seven COVID-19 cases. They are four returnees from Maungdaw, one from Buthidaung, one from Taunggok and one from Thandwe townships.
Meanwhile, the remaining ten infected patients, Case-251 to 260, are all from Yangon Region: four from Pazundaung, three from Tarmwe and three from Mingalar Taung Nyunt townships. They all are returnees from India. They were undergoing community-based facility quarantine at a centre in South Dagon and Botahtaung township where they tested positive. All of them have been admitted to South Okkalapa General Hospital for treatment.
From May 16 to June 11 at 8pm, a total of 73 returnees have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
These comprise 43 returnees from India, 13 from Malaysia, eight from the United Arab Emirates, four from Bangladesh, two from Thailand, two from Italy, and one from China.
Myanmar has so far reported 260 COVID-19 cases including six deaths and 165 recoveries.
The National Health Laboratory tested 652 persons, the Department of Medical Research in Yangon Region tested 193 persons, Mandalay Public Health Laboratory tested 358 persons and Mawlamyine Public Health Laboratory in Mon State tested 94 persons suspected of being infected with the virus in the latest rounds of testing.
From January 31 to June 11 at 8pm, the government tested 43,936 people for the disease.
Yangon now accounts for 200 of all COVID-19 cases in the country.
So far, Kayah State is the only region in Myanmar without any reported case.
The global pandemic has spread to 188 countries, killing over 417,000 people and afflicting over 7.415 million people, according to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre.
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