On Facebook and among civil society, criticism mounted of the Arakan State military council, which has maintained that there is enough oxygen to meet the state’s medical needs as shortages due to the Covid-19 pandemic were reported across Myanmar.

 

Some camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Arakan State are in need of food, including rice, as well as Covid-19 preventive equipment such as masks, hand sanitiser and soap, according to IDP officials. 

An oxygen generator set up by locals in Mrauk-U, Arakan State, began operating on Wednesday evening, helping efforts to supplement a national supply of medical oxygen that has not been up to the challenge of rising pandemic-related need. 

 

Covid-19 cases in Manaung Township, Arakan State, rose to 21 and two people here died on July 19-20 as the statewide death toll surpassed 50 during the pandemic’s ongoing third wave. 

The Department of Public Health (DPH) will reportedly provide home-based healthcare services in an effort to prevent unnecessary deaths among people who have Covid-19 but remain at home in Arakan State’s Mrauk-U Township.

Ten policemen will provide security for nurses at Sittwe General Hospital after some caregivers there threatened them, a member of the Arakan State military council, U Hla Thein, told DMG on July 21.

 

On Facebook and among civil society, criticism is mounting of the Arakan State military council, which has maintained that there is enough oxygen to meet the state’s medical needs as shortages due to the Covid-19 pandemic have been reported across Myanmar in recent days. 

 

Nearly 30 Covid-19 patients died in Arakan State in the three days from July 18-20, according to figures shown by the Arakan State-level State Administration Council. 

The death toll from Covid-19 is steadily rising in Arakan State, with multiple reported deaths due to lack of oxygen. 

The Arakanese people have been urged to stay at home for two weeks to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Arakan State, the United League of Arakan (ULA) said in a statement on July 20.

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