Red Cross warns of imminent danger of Covid-19 in Myanmar after coup
Bangkok, May 29 (EFE) .- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned Myanmar faces a “significant risk” of a future wave of coronavirus after the reluctant nation halted testing at the aftermath of the military coup of February 1.
In an email to EFE, the Red Cross said the country does not have a systematic and widespread screening capacity for the virus and has a low number of vaccinations amid a reduced capacity to monitor and track the virus. infections.
“There is a significant risk of a future wave of cases, which may go undetected initially given the large proportion of people who are likely to have no symptoms or only mild symptoms,” the agency added. humanitarian.
After the coup, healthcare workers were among the first to join the civil disobedience movement against the military takeover.
Authorities responded by accusing medical workers of various crimes and arresting dozens of them, further reducing the capacity of the country’s already poor health system.
In total, more than 144,000 cases have been recorded in Myanmar since the start of the pandemic, including 3,216 deaths, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
The numbers are not big enough for a population of 54 million people.
However, the number of daily tests has increased from around 15,000 through January this year to around 1,500 to 2,000 currently, suggesting that many infections are going undetected, the Red Cross said.
The vaccination rate, launched in January by the then democratic government led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, also slowed after the coup.
The Red Cross attributed the slow deployment of vaccines to the precariousness of the health system and the lack of medical personnel partly due to the civil disobedience movement as well as the reluctance of the population to be vaccinated under the military junta. . EFE
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