Since the February 1 coup pushed Myanmar’s economy off the edge, residents living in informal housing on the urban fringe – already battered by the COVID-19 pandemic – are being pushed to the brink of starvation.
Instability and anti-Chinese sentiment are endangering Beijing’s plans in the country, but rivalry with the West and its own domestic problems may prevent it from engaging the democracy movement, which remains wary of China.
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Officials say the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is decreasing in Rakhine State, but residents are struggling under stay-at-home orders and other restrictions that are pushing up commodity prices.
As COVID-19 cases mount in Yangon, the government has ordered townships to open quarantine centres but is not providing any financial support.
By AFP Rohingya groups around the world displayed a rare show of solidarity on Thursday with Myanmar’s ethnic Rakhine, who they say are suffering “horrifically.
Health authorities in Yangon say they are preparing for up to 5,000 cases in the city by building new treatment centres for mild and asymptomatic patients.
Paleontologists have discovered what they believe is the world’s oldest animal sperm, frozen inside a blob of tree resin in Myanmar 100 million years ago.
As COVID-19 cases rise rapidly the government has cut the facility quarantine period by a week to free up space and save money, as new research shows most patients are no longer infectious after two weeks.
Hundreds of Rohingya paid traffickers for a one-week trip from Bangladesh to Malaysia to escape squalid refugee camps. Instead, they suffered more than 200 days of terror on the high seas.