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Myanmar: New restrictions to curb the rise of Coronavirus cases
Street in Yangon, Myanmar
Street in Yangon, Myanmar Credit: Dudva

Parts of Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, have been put under a stay-at-home-order. The country has seen a rise in Coronavirus cases, reported 115 new infections of Friday morning.

"It took five months to discover 374 infection cases in the first wave of the disease. The number of infections quadrupled now although it's been only 24 days since the second wave started on Aug 16," said Dr Khin Khin Gyi, director of Contagious Disease Prevention and Eradication Division of Public Health Department under the Health and Sports Ministry, told Xinhua. "Active cooperation and participation of the public are needed to reduce the number of infections by following the preventive measures and guidelines by the ministry."

Suspected case of bubonic plague in China's Inner Mongolia region
Model of bubonic plague bacteria - Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
Model of bubonic plague bacteria - Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Credit: Tim Evanson (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

A new case of bubonic plague was reported in the Chinese city of Bayannur, Inner Mongolia, located northwest of Beijing, leaving authorities on high-alert. According to the Xinhua news agency, a hospital alerted municipal authorities of the patient's case on Saturday.

The local government urges the population to take precautions to minimize the risk of human-to-human transmission and to avoid hunting or eating animals that could cause the infection.

Bayannur health authorities said: "At present, there is a risk of a human plague epidemic spreading in this city. The public should improve its self-protection awareness and ability, and report abnormal health conditions promptly,"