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Mandated Quarantine For Kachin State MPs 

Mandated Quarantine For Kachin State MPs 

Kachin State parliamentarians will need to quarantine for one week before attending an upcoming session in parliament. Tun Tin, the speaker for Kachin State Parliament, told KNG all the MPs from the 18 townships that…

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Calls Grow to Drop Charges Against Artists Over COVID-19 Mural

Calls Grow to Drop Charges Against Artists Over COVID-19 Mural

The Kachin State-based Legal Aid Network (LAN) has demanded that the case against three Myitkyina-based painters be dismissed one month after they were charged with “insulting religion” over their COVID-19 awareness mural. LAN made the…

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Three Painters Promoting COVID-19 Awareness Released on Bail, Charges Remain

Three Painters Promoting COVID-19 Awareness Released on Bail, Charges Remain

Three painters were released from jail on bail by a Myitkyina court on Thursday, but continue to face charges of “insulting religion” for their public mural promoting awareness of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Kachin…

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Social Distancing Not Always Being Followed For Returning Workers, CSO Says

Social Distancing Not Always Being Followed For Returning Workers, CSO Says

With thousands returning en masse from jobs in China in recent days a Kachin civil society coalition cautioned that more needed to be done to reduce the risks of transmission of COVID-19 while the workers…

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Day Workers Blocked From Banana Farms

Day Workers Blocked From Banana Farms

Hundreds of day workers employed on tissue-culture banana farms in Waingmaw township, in Kachin State, have been told not to go back to work. Dau Hkawng, the village administration officer for Jam Ga village, and…

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Gov’t Restricts Traffic To Hpakant To Fight Virus

Gov’t Restricts Traffic To Hpakant To Fight Virus

The government introduced stricter travel measures it claims will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township. Locals are afraid of contracting the virus after many Burmese nationals returned from Thailand and…

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Kachin Civil Society Initiates Coronavirus Prevention Measures in IDP Camps

Kachin Civil Society Initiates Coronavirus Prevention Measures in IDP Camps

Kachin civil society organizations have started their own preventative programs to fight coronavirus in the internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Kachin State. The Kachin State COVID-19 Prevention Network (KsC19PN) was formed by 12 organizations…

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Health Dept Monitoring Nearly 3,000 People in Kachin State for COVID-19

Health Dept Monitoring Nearly 3,000 People in Kachin State for COVID-19

Kachin State’s health department has reported that a total of 2,985 people are being monitored either at home or in quarantine facilities for signs of the coronavirus in the state. According to Dr. Naw Shelter,…

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Myitkyina Painters Promoting COVID-19 Awareness Charged With Insulting Buddhism

Myitkyina Painters Promoting COVID-19 Awareness Charged With Insulting Buddhism

A group of young painters who created a work of art on the wall of a railway station in the Kachin State capital of Myitkyina is now facing charges for insulting Buddhism, which they deny…

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‘Not Enough Water to Wash Our Hands,’ Say Kachin IDPs Bracing For COVID-19

‘Not Enough Water to Wash Our Hands,’ Say Kachin IDPs Bracing For COVID-19

While thorough handwashing has been proven as an effective strategy to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kachin State’s camps say that the current water shortage prevents them from…