News anchors in Myanmar have been told to stop using the English pronunciation for Covid-19, with speculation swirling the word has been culled to ensure more positive coverage amid a deadly spike of cases.
With hospitals in Myanmar empty of pro-democracy medical staff and coronavirus cases surging nationwide, volunteers are going house-to-house to collect the fast-rising number of victims dying in their homes.
A civil disobedience campaign launched by hospital personnel in response to the military coup is gaining momentum and has been joined by teachers, students and engineers at military-linked enterprises.
The Tatmadaw is yet to comment on the whereabouts of the state counsellor and president, who are said to be under house arrest in Nay Pyi Taw, as chief ministers and others detained early on Monday have been released.
Staff from dozens of state hospitals and medical institutes have pledged to stop working from tomorrow in protest against yesterday’s coup, in what could prove the first major test for the new military regime.
The Kayin State Border Guard Force has come under intense pressure from the Tatmadaw over its extensive, controversial business interests and there’s concern the ultimatum could trigger fresh hostilities in one of the country’s most war-torn areas.