Myanmar detects COVID-19 Omicron subvariants, mask-wearing now mandatory

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Mawlamyine, July (3)

The officials from the regime’s Ministry of Health gave advice calling for mask mandates in public places as BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants were detected in Myanmar.

The regime’s Health Ministry said on July 12 that BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron subvariants were found when suspected laboratory samples were tested on June 30.

All six patients are Myanmar citizens who have returned from foreign countries, and they are in self-isolation after being infected with the virus, the Health Ministry said.

The Mon State Health Department’s Director, Dr. Nanda Win, called for the public to protect themselves from the Omicron virus by wearing masks and being immunized.

He advised that, “the people will be required to wear masks as usual, to wash their hands, to avoid the crowd, and to get vaccinated. After six months of the second dose, you will need a booster shot. If you think you are sick, stay away from other people.”

In July, there were more than 130 cases reported that were infected with COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, the majority of which were imported cases.

The returnees from foreign countries were monitored at respective quarantine centres.

“Everyone returning from the normal route, not through illegal routes, is kept in quarantine facilities. There is a quarantine centre in Mawlamyine,” a social worker said.

The regime’s Ministry of Health said that according to the findings of international countries, the Omicron variants cause less severe illness and fewer deaths among those who are fully vaccinated.

In Myanmar after the military coup, the health system collapsed, and more than 10 000 people died from COVID-19 outbreaks during the third wave, the Health Ministry reported.

According to the social workers, the death toll from COVID-19 is much higher on the ground than the official figures released by the military council.

News – Than Lwin Times

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