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Myanmar confirms five virus case


The health ministry confirmed at 1:45am on March 27 two new cases of COVID-19 infections, bringing to five the total number of people suffering from the disease detected within the week.
One of the new COVID-19 patients is a 33-year-old Myanmar man from Mandalay, who is now an American citizen. He arrived in Myanmar from the United States on March 19 and developed symptoms of the disease, including fever, coughing, and tiredness, four days later. 
The patient, who is residing in Chan Mya Tharsi township, sought treatment at Kandawnadi Hospital on Wednesday and was immediately considered a patient under investigation.
The second COVID-19 patient is a 69-year-old citizen who lives in Mingalar Taung Nyunt township in Yangon. He went to Australia a month ago to seek treatment for nasal cancer. He stayed in Singapore for about four days and arrived in Yangon on March 14.
On March 25, Myanmar tested its third positive case.
A 26-year-old man from Insein township in Yangon Region returned from Britain through Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 21.
He was quarantined at Insein General Hospital as required by the government. Officials sent his test sample to the National Health Laboratory on Tuesday, and he was declared positive for the virus at 1am on March 25 [Wednesday].
The ministry said the man is in good health but will remain under observation. The results of his test have been sent to the WHO-accredited laboratory in Thailand for validation.
The authorities sent two people to Yangon’s Wai Bar Gi Hospital who had been in close contact with the patient, and restricted the movements of eight family members who had contact with him.
On March 23 [Monday], the ministry announced the first two cases of COVID-19 in the country – a 26-year-old Myanmar man who had returned from Britain on Sunday, and a 36-year-old Myanmar man who holds a US green card and returned from the US on March 13. The two were placed in isolation at Wai Bar Gi Hospital and Chin State’s General Hospital, respectively.

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