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Church joins Myanmar's battle against second Covid-19 wave

Young Catholics join the front line as the impoverished nation faces a resurgence of the contagion

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Church joins Myanmar's battle against second Covid-19 wave

Medical staff take a swab sample from a woman to test for the coronavirus at a clinic in Insein, Yangon, on Sept. 21. (Photo: AFP)

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No one in Myanmar expected a second wave of Covid-19 to hit the impoverished nation as cases had been relatively low for nearly five months.

However, a locally transmitted infection was reported in conflict-torn Rakhine state on Aug. 16 and since then cases have risen on a daily basis, spreading to commercial hub Yangon and other cities across the country.

Kayah state, a remote and mountainous region with a small population, so far remains free of the virus since Myanmar confirmed its first case on March 23.

As health officials struggle to contain the second wave of infections, the Church has stepped up by sending young men and women to the front line to help healthcare workers.

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