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Myawaddy Residents Fear Flooding, Closure of Treatment Centres and Rising COVID-19 Cases

On July 27, 2021, more than 3,000 households were affected by floodwaters, especially those houses located near or on the banks of Thaung Yin (Moei) River. The Thaung Yin (Moei) River marks the international border between Burma and Thailand. With continuous rains, the water level in Thaung Yin (Moei) River has risen above dangerous level and continues to rise. More…

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COVID-19 Cases Rises, Drug Shortages, Price Hikes Force Karen State Pharmacies to Close

Nan Khin Lin, a pharmacy shop owner in Hpa-an said people facing Covid-19’s third wave, are worried pharmacies would close, so they started hoarding medicine. Added to people’s concerns are that drugs companies have also stopped their distribution, creating shortages of medicine. Speaking to Karen News, Nan Khin Lin said she was concerned by the effect both factors would have…

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Karen Health Officials Vow to Continue its COVID-19 Responses, Despite Military Council Objections

The Karen Department of Health and Welfare, a KNU department providing primary healthcare to Karen communities, has recently stepped up its responses to try to stop the spread of COVID-19 by setting up screening points and enforcing temporary lockdowns in at-risk areas in Karen State. The KDHW public health initiative was met with objections from the Karen State military administrative…

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Burma’s COVID-19 Death Rates Continue to Climb – Military Coup Leaders Block Medical Equipment, Oxygen Supplies and Testing Remains Unavailable and Unaffordable

The reality behind the statistics is brutal. A health system that has been under-resourced and driven into the ground for decades by the military and who now lists doctors, nurses and health workers as targets for arrest. Humanitarian groups have reported there have been at least 200 attacks on health workers and facilities that have left at least 17 people…

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Thai-Burma Border Migrant Schools Face Closure as Covid-19 Cases Increase

By Naw Eh Eh/Karen News Officially known as Migrant Learning Centers (MLCs), the Burmese migrant schools in the Thai border province of Tak, are making preparation in the hope classes can be held in the academic year 2021-2022. In 2020-2021, the pandemic kept all migrant schools in the area closed during the academic year. Migrant education leaders are closely coordinating…

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Tham Hin Refugee Camp Goes into Lockdowns – 59 COVID-19 Cases Test Positive

Naw Emly, a camp committee member told Karen News that as the symptoms are not severe, patients are not being transferred to the nearby Thai public hospital, but are being treated within the camp at a separate location set up as Covid-19 treatment centre. “There hasn’t been any deaths. The first confirmed case was on April 22. One of the…

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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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