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Myanmar relatively unscathed as Covid-19 cases rise across Asia

Despite its poor healthcare system, the conflict-torn country has far fewer infections than other states in the region

Myanmar relatively unscathed as Covid-19 cases rise across Asia

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi wears a mask as she leaves the Yangon southern district court on Aug. 4 after she submitted her application to run as a candidate in the general election in November. (Photo: AFP)

When a health worker who tested thousands of returnees near the Chinese border was infected with Covid-19 on June 11, people in Kachin state in northern Myanmar were alarmed at the spread of the coronavirus.

The 24-year-old nurse was working at a healthcare department in Lweje township, where she reportedly tested more than 10,000 migrants who came back from China.

The news prompted panic and fear, especially in conflict-torn Kachin where thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) reside.

Health officials said the nurse had no travel history or reported contact with infected patients.

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