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Kachin State Won’t Build COVID-19 Lab

Kachin State Won’t Build COVID-19 Lab

The Kachin State government says it can’t build a laboratory to test for the novel coronavirus because there’s a dearth of medical personnel with the expertise to operate a lab of this kind. Khun Myat…

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Plans To Send IDPs Home Delayed

Plans To Send IDPs Home Delayed

KNG spoke with Pastor Hpauyam Hka Li, the head of Kachin Baptist Convention’s (KBC) development department, about the obstacles his organisation faces returning the internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their villages. KBC said it would…

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KIO And Govt Prepare For Pandemic

KIO And Govt Prepare For Pandemic

The Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) and the Kachin National Consultative Assembly met with the state government for the first time to prepare for the COVID-19 pandemic. KIO officials that attended the meeting last Wednesday in…

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Townships Without Internet Can’t Join Online Classes

Townships Without Internet Can’t Join Online Classes

Seven townships in Kachin State, without internet services, will be left out of the government’s plan to resume classes online, after the lockdown forced schools across Burma to close.  Khin Hning Oo, the deputy head…

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Lockdowns Hurt Businesses In Kachin State Villages

Lockdowns Hurt Businesses In Kachin State Villages

Business owners in Myitkyina township are struggling to survive after COVID-19 lockdowns forced their restaurants and beer stations to close. Wah Yon Taw, Nagar lake, and Blue Water lake recreational areas, located near Aung Myin…

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Quarantined Workers Will Be Moved Before Rain Comes

Quarantined Workers Will Be Moved Before Rain Comes

The Kachin State government will transfer hundreds of migrant workers staying in a rudimentary quarantine facility in northern Kachin State to more appropriate locations before the rainy season starts. Zaw Win, who is the state…

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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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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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Kachin IDPs Face Food Insecurity During COVID-19 Lockdown

Kachin IDPs Face Food Insecurity During COVID-19 Lockdown

All the internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps in Kachin State have been under lockdown since the end of March after the government confirmed the first COVID-19 case in Burma. KNG spoke with Sumlut Lu San,…

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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…