Myanmar's military authorities announced a third six-month extension to a state of emergency on Wednesday, effectively delaying elections the junta had pledged to hold by August, citing instability caused by continued resistance attacks as the reason for the move.
Mothers who have lost sons, young women training as combat medics –none of Myanmar's population has been left untouched by the tumult that has engulfed the country since the military coup two years ago.
As civilian casualties mount in the conflict between the Tatmadaw and Arakan Army, medical personnel in Rakhine are living in fear of being caught up in fighting and say the state is ill-prepared for an outbreak of COVID-19.
Due for release in the coming days, the COVID-19 Comprehensive Response Plan will include new economic stimulus measures and increased funding for the health sector, as well as detail on how the plan can be funded.
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.