Myanmar reports first COVID-19 death

YANGON (XINHUA) – Myanmar confirmed the first death among the 14 positive COVID-19 cases, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports yesterday.

According to the release, the 69-year-old Myanmar national who was suffering from nasal cancer arrived in the country on March 14 after his one-month stay in Australia for health treatment and a four-day stay in Singapore.

He passed away yesterday in the intensive care unit at Waibargi Specialist Hospital for COVID-19, the release said.

According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) report on March 19, 80 per cent of COVID-19 cases show mild or moderate symptoms, 15 per cent have severe symptoms and only five per cent suffer from life-threatening symptoms. About five out of 100 COVID-19 cases can be fatal.

A man washes his hands to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus outside the entrance of the Myanmar Economic Bank in Yangon, Myanmar, yesterday. PHOTO: AP