Kyaw Thu Htay| DMG
15 July, Sittwe

A returnee from China who was under quarantine in Yaung Sone village, Kyauktaw Township, reportedly died on July 14 at Apaukwa cottage hospital, but his death is not being attributed to COVID-19.

The returnee left China on June 30 and arrived on July 2 at Yaung Sone village, where he was placed under quarantine at the village school as a matter of standard procedure, residents said.

The returnee registered a fever while under quarantine and had been unconscious since 3 a.m. on July 14, being admitted to Apaukwa hospital later that day, said Dr. Than Tun Oo, a township doctor in Kyauktaw.

The returnee died of a transient ischemic attack and pneumonia, he concluded.

“He was paralysed on his left side since he was in China,” the doctor said.

A swab sample from the returnee has been sent to the National Health Laboratory in Yangon, he said.

A total of 14 people have been confirmed positive for COVID-19 in Arakan State, with the virus or fear thereof causing disruptions to trade, travel and many other aspects of daily life in the region. The national tally stood at 337 as of July 15, with six confirmed deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.

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