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Umpheim Mai Karen Refugee Camp Records First Covid-19 Case

The patient is currently only identified by health workers as a 48-year male with four family members in Umpheim Mai refugee camp. The man returned to the camp on November 4 without informing related camp officials or health workers. He turned up at the camp’s health facility on November 19 with symptoms and the resulting Covid-19 tests proved to be…

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KNU’s Covid-19 Screening Post Destroyed by Burma Army Re-Opens in Mutraw (Papun) District

The Covid-19 screening post located in KNU controlled territory was burnt by the Burma Army in May. The screening post was rebuilt and is now operating after officials from both the KNU and Burma Army reached an agreement. The screening point was suspended shortly after reopening on June 25 after a request from the Burma Army. A Back Pack Health…

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Government, Military Accused by Rights Group of Using COVID-19 Pandemic for Political Advantage – Burma Army Continues its Attacks on Ethnic People

Khin Ohmar, Chairperson of Progressive Voice the group behind the report said the army and government used the pandemic to distract attention away from ongoing offensives in ethnic regions. “The Myanmar military is making a mockery of the government’s ‘no one left behind’ policy. It is using COVID-19 as a cover in its ongoing war crimes and crimes against humanity…

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Karen State – Two Covid-19 Cases Confirmed, More Quarantine Centers Prepared

According to the announcement made on Monday May 18th, two males tested by National Laboratory (Yangon) returned positive results. Both men are from Kawkareik Township, Karen State and had recently returned from Malaysia. Karen State’s Social Affair Minister U Bo Bo Wai Maung confirmed the results to Karen News and said that the two men’s condition are so far not…

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Burma Army Burns KNU Covid-19 Screening Posts – Pandemic Causes Peace Process Further Fractures

Fighting between the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and the Burma Army broke out twice on May 6, 2020 over Covid-19 screening posts in the Northern Mutraw (Papun) district of Karen State. The Karen National Union’s Department of Organizing and Information confirmed armed clashes at Wa Thoe Kho and Pha Lo in Lu Thaw Township, Mutraw district involving Burma Army…

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Burma Army Demand KNU Close its Covid-19 Screening Posts – Despite Community Support

While the rest of the world is fighting the Coronavirus pandemic, the Burma Army ordered the Karen National Union to close its Covid-19 screening post it had set up in Doothathoo (Thaton) district on 30 April 2020. The Burma Army interference came despite requests from the community, government officials and a Member of Parliament. Doothathoo (Thaton) district is a mixed…

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Burma Closes Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge to Foreigners – Residents Worry Unofficial Crossings Still Operating

The Burma government has closed its Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge crossing to foreigners in an attempt to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). The Burma government has said the border is closed to all foreigners with the exemption of Thai and Myanmar citizens. U Than Shwe, an immigration officer and the deputy in-charge of the Myawaddy-Mae Sot No.1 Thai-Burma Friendship Bridge…

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