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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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‘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…

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Coronavirus Rumours Cause Panic Buying 

Coronavirus Rumours Cause Panic Buying 

After rumours circulated markets would close soon due to the spread of covid-19 residents in Kachin State started panic shopping. Kachin State Minister for Ministry of Development Affairs Naw Li dispelled the gossip, telling KNG…

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Kachin CSOs Want To Work With Gov’t To Combat Covid-19

Kachin CSOs Want To Work With Gov’t To Combat Covid-19

Kachin civil society organizations (CSOs) want to cooperate with the government to prevent the spread of the covid-19 pandemic in villages across Kachin State. Brang Awng, from Kachin State Conservation Working Group, told KNG the…

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Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Kachin State Govt Says It Lacks Authority to Close Border

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Kachin State Govt Says It Lacks Authority to Close Border

The Kachin State government does not have the authority to shut down border gates with China amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the state’s immigration minister has said. Minister Zaw Win told KNG that despite local…

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Myitkyina Protesters Call on Govt to Close Border Gates Amid Coronavirus Scare

Myitkyina Protesters Call on Govt to Close Border Gates Amid Coronavirus Scare

Locals in Kachin State’s Waingmaw Township demonstrated in Myitkyina this week, demanding that the government restrict travel from China due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Some 500 people from various villages in Waingmaw participated in…

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Thermal Scanners Installed On Sino-Burmese Border

Thermal Scanners Installed On Sino-Burmese Border

With many migrant workers returning to Myanmar from China because of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) thermal scanners have been installed at border gates to check if any of the returnees have been infected with the…

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Coronavirus Check Established at Kachin State Border Gates With China

Coronavirus Check Established at Kachin State Border Gates With China

The public health department in Kachin State set up medical checks at the Kambaiti and Loije border gates to China on Monday in response to the spread of coronavirus throughout the region. There have been…