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Church acts as Myanmar struggles with second Covid-19 wave

Catholics offer quarantine facilities and protective gear and send young volunteers to the front line

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Church acts as Myanmar struggles with second Covid-19 wave

Cardinal Charles Bo (left) and Yangon chief minister Phyo Min Thein visit a quarantine facility in Thanlyin township on Oct. 3. (Photo: Myanmar Catholic bishops' social communication office)

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Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon and Yangon’s chief minister Phyo Min Thein visited a church-owned facility in Thanlyin township on Oct. 3 to observe its preparation as a quarantine center.

Catholic youths and women from Yangon will serve as volunteers at the facility that can accommodate around 300 people. The Church’s offer to Myanmar's government comes as the country grapples with a second Covid-19 wave with cases surging on a daily basis.

The Southeast Asian country had relatively few cases with only six deaths in four months but has been gripped by a surge of infections since the first locally transmitted case was reported in Rakhine on Aug. 16.

Health officials are trying to contain the deadly coronavirus in an impoverished nation where the healthcare system is overwhelmed.

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