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Coronavirus

Pandemic pounds a Myanmar reeling from coup

With doctors on strike, hospitals wrestle with jump in infections

The number of daily reported COVID-19 cases has risen sharply in Myanmar.    © Reuters

YANGON/BANGKOK -- Myanmar has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases at a time when its hospitals are struggling with walkouts by medical workers protesting the military government.

Cases numbered 1,877 out of roughly 9,000 tests conducted Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports. This translates to a positivity rate of roughly 20%. Infections are now at levels seen during the last October and November, the previous peak.

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