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Myanmar Extends The Ban On The Entry Of Foreigners

Myanmar Extends The Ban On The Entry Of Foreigners

Myanmar has extended the ban on entry of foreigners and internal movement in the country until October 31, introduced at the end of March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which was supposed to end on September 30, the Mizzima news portal reported on Friday.

The decision to extend the ban was made by the Central Committee for combating coronavirus infection in Myanmar, which is headed by state adviser Aung San Suu Kyi, in connection with a new outbreak of infection in the country, the report said.

The day before, the Department of civil aviation of Myanmar sent a message to all foreign partners about the extension of the closure of Myanmar airports for international passenger flights until October 31, which was put into effect on March 30 and last extended on August 26.

The new COVID-19 outbreak began in Rakhine state, followed by the country's largest city and former capital Yangon, in late August. By September 6, the daily increase in cases of local infection had increased so much that the authorities imposed a lockdown in Yangon and several parts of Rakhine state. Currently, the number of people infected with coronavirus infection in Myanmar is increasing by a thousand people per day. In two days (from September 22 to 24), 50 people died from coronavirus in the country, while for more than six months from the beginning of the pandemic to September 21, this figure was 100 people.

As of 20.00 (16.00 Moscow time) on Thursday, since the beginning of the pandemic in Myanmar, 8,344 people have fallen ill with coronavirus infection, 150 people have died, and 2,381 people have recovered.

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