The Myanmar Military Is Miscounting COVID-19 Cases

There have been more than 10,000 deaths related to COVID-19 in Myanmar, while the number of confirmed cases is over 310,000, with the most deaths and infections reported in July.
Myanmar reported 10,373 deaths on Tuesday, while testing reported 311,067 COVID-19 positive cases since the first cases were discovered in March last year, according to the junta-controlled health ministry.
Myanmar’s junta recently reported 4,713 new COVID-19 cases and 312 deaths.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing says he will halve infection rates in August, saying infections have been falling since mid-July and are under control. A nationwide lockdown was imposed on July 17 until at least August 8 in order to curb the spread of the virus.
Recently, the regime’s self-appointed prime minister addressed the COVID-19 committee. According to him, five million vaccines will be administered monthly to inoculate half the population by the end of the year.
6,000 deaths and 141,908 infections were reported by the regime in July alone, making up 58 percent of official coronavirus deaths and 46 percent of infections. According to funeral charities, the actual number is likely to be far higher because many people die at home with suspected Coronaviruses.
During the month of July, children from Yangon assisted two deceased family members to be transported to a cemetery.
According to charities, many families in Yangon have reported at least three deaths from suspected COVID-19 since early July, despite the official figures. A charity member told me his group had to turn ambulances into hearses because they transport more bodies to cemeteries than patients to hospitals.
There are more than 7 million people living in Yangon, and between 1,500 and 2,000 bodies arrive at its cemeteries every day, despite the health ministry’s estimate of less than 100 daily COVID-19 deaths.
At one of Yangon’s largest cemeteries, Hteinbin Cemetery, 200 bodies have been cremated daily in the past week, compared with 30 before the current outbreak in late May.
Kyi Su cemetery’s chairman told the press that his charity now must cremate up to 500 bodies every day, up from 30 to 40 in normal circumstances.
According to families, COVID-19 is the primary cause of most deaths. As government and private hospitals in Yangon are largely unable to accept patients, most people have been treated at home.

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