Junta seeks international help as Covid rages in Myanmar

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Myanmar's military chief, Min Aung Hlaing took over the running of the military in 2011. AFP

Junta authorities in Myanmar are seeking help from the international community to tackle the coronavirus, state media said on July 28, as the impoverished country looks beyond ally China in its struggle to beat back a new wave.

The nation has been in turmoil since the military took power in February, with many hospitals ill-equipped to cope with a surging caseload after many medical staff walked out in protest at the coup.

Stay-at-home orders affecting millions have failed to halt the surge, with crematoriums working at capacity and volunteers working to bring out the bodies of people who have died in their homes.

Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing said Myanmar should seek money from a Covid-19 response fund set up by ASEAN.

Just under 5,000 new cases of Covid-19 were reported on July 28 – up from around 50 per day in early May.

Around 1.75 million people out of a population of 54 million have been vaccinated so far, according to the junta.