UN Warned Of 'dire' Covid Situation In Myanmar
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Thu 29th July 2021 | 11:50 PM
United Nations, United States, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th Jul, 2021 ) :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.
"It is vital that we consider how to implement (it)," pleaded British ambassador Barbara Woodward.
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 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.
Around 1.75 million people have so far been vaccinated according to the junta.