Myanmar morning news for April 8

Myanmar morning news for April 8

Myanmar morning news

Myanmar Reports 22nd COVID-19 Case
Myanmar confirmed another COVID-19 case on Monday evening, taking the country’s total to 22 confirmed coronavirus patients, including one death.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Firms to Make Face Masks to Meet COVID-19 Demand
Businesses in Yangon are preparing to produce face masks as prices rise due to the coronavirus.
— Irrawaddy

Manufacturing exports exceed $5 bln as of 27 March
Exports of finished industrial goods have touched a high of US$5.09 billion between 1 October and 27 March in the current fiscal year 2019-2020, an increase of $452 million compared with the corresponding period of the previous financial year, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

COVID-19 Outbreak in Myanmar: Key Facts and Figures
It has been more than two weeks since Myanmar detected its first COVID-19 case. As of Monday afternoon, the country had reported a total of 22 cases, including one death.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Public Overwhelmingly Backs Crackdown on Wildlife Markets to Prevent Pandemics: Survey
As they grapple with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Myanmar people overwhelmingly support the closure of illegal and unregulated wildlife markets as a way to prevent future pandemics, a new WWF survey on the coronavirus and wildlife trade in Asia has found.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar deemed rising Doing Business star, but at what cost?
Myanmar, most recently in the news due to UN allegations of human rights abuses against its minority Rohingya population and renewed conflict in the Rhakine region.
— Bretton woods project

Myanmar to receive first batch of Chinese SY-400 short-range ballistic missiles
Myanmar (formerly Burma) is going to receive the first batch of Chinese-made SY-400 short-range ballistic missiles in very soon after a series of tough negotiations for years. Myanmar will also get some kinds of technology transfer for SY-400 along with some amount of loan to cover as the result of prolonged discussions.
— Armyrecognition

Govt calls off investment forums, approves US$550 million in FDI in March
“We postponed the investment forums to be held in Yangon, Bago, Monywa of Sagaing and Mandalay,” said U Aung Naing Oo, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations.
— Myanmar Times

Government mum on release of prisoners for Myanmar New Year
The government has not yet announced its traditional release of prisoners before the annual Thingyan Festival begins April 10.
— Myanmar Times

IDP camps face food, water shortages amid COVID-19 fears
Camps for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) face food and water shortages as people are afraid to leave the compound for fear of getting the COVID-19 virus, camp officials said.
— Myanmar Times

BNI Multimedia Group’s Open Letter to the State Counsellor and President
Burma News International (BNI) issued a letter on the 2 April 2020 regarding recent charges against media organisations using the anti-terrorism law. The following is the statement in full.
— Mizzima

Households exempted from first 150 units of electricity in April
Myanmar households will not need to pay for the first 150 units of electricity this month, U Soe Myint, deputy permanent secretary from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy told The Myanmar Times.
— Myanmar Times

State Counsellor urges people who finish quarantine to follow COVID-19 regulations
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has posted a message on her Facebook page today concerning the individuals who have been released from quarantine.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Public Overwhelmingly Backs Crackdown on Wildlife Markets to Prevent Pandemics: Survey
In a WWF survey of five Asian regions, 96 percent of Myanmar people supported the idea of a government crackdown on illegal wildlife markets to prevent disease outbreaks.
— Irrawaddy

Ministry of Health & Sports discusses COVID-19 with nationwide medical professionals
Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe attended a video conference with state/regional public health and medical services departments and various medical professionals yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

War Refugees in Myanmar’s Rakhine State Face Housing Crunch as Monsoon Looms
About 8,700 civilians displaced by ongoing armed conflict in Myanmar’s war-ridden Rakhine state and living outdoors require emergency shelter before the onset of the annual monsoon season because a local Buddhist monastery cannot accommodate them, a local lawmaker and the monastery’s abbot said Tuesday.
— Radio Free Asia

Chinese enterprises provide medical masks for Myanmar
Chinese enterprises provided medical masks for two Myanmar government organizations amid fight against COVID-19 on Tuesday.
— China. org

Power cuts unlikely despite power project delays, says YESC
Lower than expected power demand due to cooler weather and the impact of COVID-19 means lengthy power cuts are unlikely this hot season despite delays to three emergency power projects.
— Frontier Myanmar

Vice President U Henry Van Thio highlights quality statistics for development policies
The Central Committee for Accurate and High Quality Statistics held its 10th edition meeting and the first discussion in 2020 at the Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

IDPs in Myanmar’s Kachin State Risk Health to Earn Living During COVID-19 Epidemic
Internally displaced civilians who fled war in northern Myanmar are not heeding government orders and lockdowns to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, with hundreds continuing to work outside their camps so they can earn income to buy food amid shortages of humanitarian aid, camp and government officials said Tuesday.
— Radio Free Asia

First COVID-19 loan to be disbursed before Thingyan holidays, remaining applications to be given due consideration: MIFER
The third meeting of the Working Committee to address the Impact of COVID-19 on the country’s economy was held at the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Latest COVID-19 Developments in Myanmar: April 7, 2020
The Irrawaddy is posting daily roundups of the key events relating to Myanmar’s efforts to combat the coronavirus.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Doctors to Staff New Makeshift COVID-19 Hospital in Yangon
Myanmar military medical personnel will treat patients at a temporary 200-bed COVID-19 hospital being prepared on the outskirts of Yangon by the regional government.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar faces backlash over media clampdown during pandemic
Civil society groups in Myanmar have accused the government for using COVID-19 as a pretext to restrict the media and freedom of expression.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar’s Military Donates Wages to COVID-19 Fight
Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and his fellow military chiefs have donated a month’s official wage while other ranks gave one day’s pay to fight coronavirus.
— Irrawaddy

UN to support healthcare workers in Myanmar
Further progress is being made by the United Nations in its commitment to support the Government and the people of Myanmar in efforts to contain the evolving spread of COVID-19 across the country.
— Reliefweb

Myanmar to Punish Facebook Users for Posting Fake Govt Order
The Myanmar government promises harsh action against Facebook accounts and pages that posted a fake order to detain those who disrupted the State Counselor’s Facebook page.
— Irrawaddy

Finance Commission holds 1/2020 meeting
The Finance Commission, chaired by President U Win Myint, discussed approval of supplementary budgets requested by the Union government and State/Regional governments for 2019-2020 fiscal year, and the submission of 2019-2020 Union Supplementary Budget Allocation Bill to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Another quarantined woman tests positive for COVID-19 in Myanmar
A 51-year-old woman, quarantined since her arrival from the United States on March 26, is the latest confirmed COVID-19 patient in the country, the Health Ministry said on April 6.
— Myanmar Times

Updated information about COVID-19 surveillance at 8:00 pm, 7 April 2020
The Ministry of Health and Sports is closely monitoring and conducting surveillance on the COVID-19, medical tests and effective treatments, identifying closed persons with positive patients for quarantines, hospital admission if necessary, getting information about the returnees from foreign countries by contacting with local authorities and relevant.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Share prices fall on Yangon Stock Exchange
The value of shares traded on the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) in March has dipped to K1.42 billion compared with K1.48 billion recorded in February, despite an increase in trading volume, state media reported.
— Mizzima

National COVID-19 committee receives public donations
The National-Level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is receiving the donations of cash and hospital equipment presented by business companies, organizations and individuals.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Cops hunt Myanmar man accused of killing boy
Police have launched a manhunt for a Myanmar worker who was named as a suspect in the murder of an 11-year-old boy whose body was found in a cassava farm in Sri Racha district on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Thingyan talk-show continues with another thematic film
The Thingyan talk-show programme was continued filming at MRTV studio in Yangon yesterday, this time focusing on the film ‘Thingyan Way Way’.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

COVID-19 Outbreak in Myanmar: Key Facts and Figures
The Irrawaddy provides key information and figures on the number, location and clusters of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar, as well as on quarantine and treatment efforts.
— Irrawaddy

“We Have a Couple of People who are Recovering”: MOHS Director-General
Myanmar Ministry of Health Director-General Dr. Tha Tun Kyaw answers questions on community quarantines and an upcoming increase in COVID-19 testing.
— Irrawaddy

Five Lessons for the World from COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is a wakeup call for the world to reassess its governance systems and priorities. The pandemic has already given the world five bitter lessons.
— Irrawaddy



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