Myanmar morning news for April 22

Myanmar morning news for April 22

Myanmar morning newsTotal number of COVID-19 cases reaches 121 on Tuesday
Update of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar till 8:00 pm on 21 April 1. The National Health Laboratory (Yangon) tested the specimens of 185 persons in the first group for COVID-19 up to 6:00 pm on 21 April 2020.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Driver killed in attack on WHO vehicle in Myanmar’s Rakhine – UN
A World Health Organization vehicle carrying swabs from patients to be tested for coronavirus came under attack in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the driver was killed, the United Nations said on Tuesday.
— National Post

Malaysia arrests Rohingya in trafficking crackdown
Malaysia has arrested two Rohingya for alleged human-trafficking, authorities said Tuesday (Apr 21), as they ramp up efforts to stop members of the Muslim minority coming to the country amid coronavirus fears.
— Channel NewsAsia

Myanmar’s generals take center stage in coronavirus battle
Suu Kyi’s civilian government overshadowed by active military response to .
— Nikkei Asian Review

Bracing for the coronavirus in Myanmar’s rebel-held borderlands
‘Social distancing is impossible, as families live two feet away from each other, but there is nothing we can do.’
— The new humanitarian

Apple adds Myanmar as a region in new App Store
Good news for iOS users — Apple has added Myanmar as a region in the App Store. Better or not, for those who wants to create an Apple ID account will no longer have to look for the US addresses or phone numbers like before.
— Myanmore

Office of the State Counsellor releases statement expressing sadness over civilian casualties in Rakhine, Chin States
The Office of the State Counsellor has released a statement dated 21st April. Following is the full-text of the statement.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar participates in inaugural WEF COVID-19 Action Platform for Asia Pacific
Union Minister U Thaung Tun participates via videoconference in the inaugural COVID-19 Action Platform for the Asia Pacific organised by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Photo: MNA U Thaung Tun, Union Minister of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations, yesterday participated via videoconference in the inaugural COVID-19 Action Platform for the Asia …
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Manipur plans grocery kiosks near Myanmar border to stop spread of coronavirus
Manipur reported two COVID-19 positive cases but both recovered and have been released from hospitals.
— Deccan Herald

UK receives 140,000 protective gowns from Myanmar
The United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) received 140,000 protective gowns from Myanmar according to a report in Britain’s The Sun newspaper.
— Mizzima

YSX sees more foreign trading, announces measures to draw more listings
The number of foreigners buying shares on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) has been increasing since foreign trading was permitted for the first time in Myanmar last month.
— Myanmar Times

Why the 2020 general election matters
A long history of military dictatorship and sham polls combined with tense relations between the National League for Democracy and the Tatmadaw make it essential a free and fair general election takes place later this year, despite the COVID-19 global pandemic.
— Frontier Myanmar

Construction Ministry holds discussions on completion of projects amidst COVID-19
The Ministry of Construction held a meeting on video conferencing between its headquarters in Nay Pyi Taw and the directors of projects in Regions/States yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Workforce Promised Govt Payments During COVID-19 Factory Closures
Workers at factories closed for COVID-19 inspections will receive social security benefits, according to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
— Irrawaddy

Japan provides test kits, medical gas to support fighting against COVID-19
The Government of Japan will provide additional 10,000 test kits to the National Health Laboratory-NHL today, according to the Japanese International Cooperation Agency-JICA.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Announcement for 21 days facility quarantine and 7 days home quarantine
The Ministry of Health and Sports had earlier announced the 14-day facility quarantine, followed by another 14-day home quarantine, for prevention of COVID-19 infection from the foreign visitors and the positive patients.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Military Releases 33 Rakhine Civilians Arrested After Deadly Shelling
The Myanmar military has released 33 out of 39 civilians arrested for suspected ties to the Arakan Army following deadly military shelling in their village.
— Irrawaddy

Driver killed in WHO vehicle carrying coronavirus swabs in Myanmar’s Rakhine
A World Health Organization vehicle carrying swabs from patients to be tested for coronavirus came under gunfire in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state and the driver was killed, the United Nations said on Tuesday (Apr 21).

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi calls on each citizen to be dutiful
“I wish every individual citizen performs his/her duty responsibly” wrote State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her Facebook page yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

MoFA releases statement expressing condolences to UN, WHO, family of Rakhine attack victim
Following is the full-text of the statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

COVID-19 meeting discusses speeding up news releases to reduce rumours
The work committee on finance, information and awareness related to control and response of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) held a meeting at the Nay Pyi Taw Council in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Additional statistical bulletin on drug seizures, acting on information
Republic of the Union of Myanmar Office of the President Press Release 15/2020 13th Waning of Tagu, 1382 ME (20 April 2020).
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Johor Causeway to shorten operations to 12 hours daily beginning Friday: Malaysian senior minister
The operating hours for the Immigration Department and related agencies in Bangunan Sultan Iskandar at the Johor Causeway will be reduced to 12 hours a day starting this Friday (Apr 24), said Malaysian Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Myanmar President Orders State, Regional Govts to Battle Hate Speech Amid COVID-19 Fight
In response to a rise in online commentary accusing certain groups of spreading COVID-19, the President has ordered state and regional governments to combat hate speech.
— Irrawaddy

One Death and 50 COVID-19 Infections Reported Among Myanmar Migrants in Malaysia
Apart from coronavirus, Myanmar’s migrant community in Malaysia also face hardships after their factories closed.
— Irrawaddy

WHO Driver Transporting COVID-19 Swabs Killed as Vehicle Attacked in Western Myanmar
The Myanmar military and the AA, which are warring in the area, denied responsibility for the attack on a WHO vehicle carrying COVID-19 swabs from Rakhine to Yangon.
— Irrawaddy

Covid-19 adds to woes of Myanmar conflict region residents
Despite the looming threat from the Covid-19 virus, struggling to stay alive is nothing new for those in conflict zones who have little time to worry about anything else amid intensified clashes between government forces and ethnic groups.
— New Straits Times

Time For International Community To Think About Myanmar – OpEd
For the people of Burma the Myanmar army or Thatmadaw is never satisfied of killing and carrying on their business as usual killing the non-Myanmar ethnic nationalities as their conscience may dictates and fancies may please at the height of coronavirus epidemic.
— Eurasiareview

Myanmar cardinal says COVID-19 pandemic ‘big challenge to our faith’
One of Asia’s top cardinals says the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is a “frightening” time and presents a “big challenge to our faith.”
— Crux Post

Myanmar gears up for action on climate change
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his recent report on the Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19 that governments should not respond to the COVID-19 crisis by making policy and investment decisions that exacerbate existing crises such as air pollution and the climate emergency.
— UN Environment

Myanmar: factory fates hang in the balance
Authorities in Myanmar have warned that factories will have to shut down later this month if they’re unable to reach agreements with workers about the conditions they’d be asked to operate in upon their return, amidst escalating fears surrounding the coronavirus.
— Ecotextile

Govt extends power bill payment deadline in Yangon
The government said that it will be extending the deadline for the monthly power tariff in Yangon for up to a month as part of measures to avoid unnecessary mass gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Myanmar Times

SpiceJet plans to commence cargo operations to Myanmar during lockdown
New Delhi: After commencing over 10 full-fledged international cargo routes during the lockdown period, budget carrier SpiceJet plans to start operations to Myanmar and further expand its network in the Middle East.
— Sentinel Assam

UPDATE: Factories in Myanmar to close for mandatory COVID-19 inspections
All Myanmar factories will need to close from April 20 to 30 for inspections by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, Ministry of Health and Sports and other relevant groups. They will be allowed to reopen after passing inspections for COVID-19 purposes, said U Myo Aung, permanent secretary of the labour ministry.
— Myanmar Times

Escape from Myanmar: Navigating the world in the age of the coronavirus
I had planned to spend just a few days in Myanmar, but just as I completed my work, international travel became increasingly difficult by the day.
— JPost

UK receives 140,000 protective gowns from Myanmar
The United Kingdom’s National Health Service (NHS) received 140,000 protective gowns from Myanmar according to a report in Britain’s The Sun newspaper.
— Mizzima

The post-Covid-19 future of Myanmar’s office market
With 119 record cases and five deaths as of April 20, the status of the Covid-19 outbreak in Myanmar has not officially reached the critical levels experienced elsewhere.
– Oxfordbusinessgroup

Toyota Tsusho to Repair Sedawgyi Hydropower Plant in Myanmar
Toyota Tsusho Corporation announced that, it has been signed with Electric Power Generation Enterprise, under the umbrella of Ministry of Electricity and Energy, Republic of the Union of Myanmar to repair its Sedawgyi Hydropower Plant.
— Steel Gura

More than 300 workers dismissed at Yangon bag factory
A total of 323 workers from bag making factory Brightberg Enterprises (Myanmar) located at Industrial Zone 2 in Dagon Seikkan township were sacked on April 20. Labour leader Ma War War Khine said a demonstration will be organised by workers demanding to return to work.
— Myanmar Times



Feature photo Yangon Technological University Students’ Union – YTUSU
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