Yangon – The fourth wave of COVID-19 – called Omicron infections have skyrocketed once again in Myanmar, with more than 2,000 new infections reported on average each day.
Health Ministry under the military junta has officially announced the COVID-19 death tolls, hitting double-digit in death rate again.
From 08 Feb to 16 Feb, the Health Ministry reported 15,000 new COVID-19 cases with three consecutive days of a record death within a week.
The military junta has demonstrated a lack of commitment to providing meaningful measures to prevent the further spreading of the virus. Instead, it is seen that the junta’s administration has weaponized the spread of the virus as a tool to double down suppressing the citizens.
So far, there have been 556,256 infections and 19,319 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the epidemic started.
As of today, the country has administered more than 42 million doses of COVID vaccines, which is equivalent to about 39% of the country population given every person requires 2 doses.
Our source in Yangon say hundreds of people bought COVID-19 vaccines at private clinics and hospital with a heavy price up to $120 per one dose and $240 for the double dose. Some might pay more than that price, he added.
Coronavad and Sinopharm of China and Covidshield of India are mostly available on market through private clinics and hospital in Myanmar.
Myanmar’s military junta has failed to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all citizens and take any meaningful measures to prevent the virus from further spread even at the highs of the fourth wave of the Omicron.