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Myanmar battles virus surge amid protests against military junta

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Myanmar reported 407 new coronavirus cases on Sunday with the total number of COVID-19 cases surging to 148,022.

Reports said the military government has issued stay-at-home orders in eight towns amid record-high cases. At least 3,240 people have died due to the virus in the country.

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On Monday, Myanmar’s state-controlled media reported 546 fresh coronavirus cases.

The military government which had taken over control of the country after ousting Aung San Suu Kyi’s government has been hit by a series of violent protests by the people who have demanded a return to democracy.

Last week authorities had arrested the ex-head of the country’s coronavirus immunisation programme Dr Htar Htar Lin over treason charges. 

Several doctors and health workers have joined nationwide protests against the junta which has been battling the virus surge.

Reports say health services have been badly affected due to the virus with Kayah state being the worst hit.

Reports say several doctors face treason charges. US-based Physicians for Human Rights condemned the crackdown on doctors in Myanmar.

Protesters on Saturday defied the military government to hold a flower protest to celebrate Aung San Suu Kyi’s 76th birthday even as she faced trial.

Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since February 1 after the military unseated the democratic government and arrested several top leaders belonging to her National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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