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.