Half of Myanmar may get infected by Covid in 2 weeks!
Britain warned the United Nations Security Council Thursday that half of coup-wracked Myanmar's population of 54 million could become infected with Covid-19 within the next two weeks. The UK convened the meeting in response to what it called the "dire" coronavirus situation in Myanmar, which has "spiralled" since the military seized control in February. Britain urged the Council to ensure resolution 2565, which demands ceasefires in conflict zones to allow the safe delivery of coronavirus vaccines, is respected in Myanmar. The impoverished nation has been in turmoil since the junta took power, with many hospitals ill-equipped to cope with a surging caseload after many medical staff walked out in protest at the coup. The UN estimates that only 40 percent of the Myanmar's health care facilities are still able to function. The world body also estimates that junta forces have carried out at least 260 attacks against medical personnel and facilities, detaining at least 67 medical officials. "With the new wave of COVID-19 spreading like wildfire across the country, it is unfortunate that more lives will be lost as the Myanmar military weaponizes COVID-19 against the people," said national unity government spokesperson Susanna Hla Hla Soe.