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Myanmar state faces double whammy of conflict and Covid-19

Civilians flee fighting in Rakhine as the military continues its operations against the Arakan Army

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Myanmar state faces double whammy of conflict and Covid-19

Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi receives Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China's Central Committee, at the Presidential House in Naypyidaw on Sept. 1. (Photo: AFP)

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While health officials struggle with stemming Covid-19 in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, thousands of civilians are fleeing their homes due to fighting in the restive region.

The fleeing people have no time to worry about the coronavirus as their main concern is to escape the areas where fighting rages in the conflict-torn nation.

Sittwe, Rakhine’s state capital, has become a contagion hotspot with more than 400 cases in almost all townships in the state since Aug. 16. The state has been under lockdown including stay-at-home orders and a curfew from 9pm to 4am.

It has also spread to Yangon, the commercial hub of the country, where seven townships have been under semi-lockdown since Sept.1.

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