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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar faces COVID surge amid lack of medics and jabs

Military deploys own doctors but schedule murky even for soldiers' families

Volunteers prepare to cremate the body of a victim of COVID-19 in Cikha, Chin State, Myanmar, on May 31.   © Reuters

YANGON/BANGKOK -- Data from Myanmar's health ministry shows clear signs of a new wave of COVID-19 infections in a country already in turmoil from the February coup and the subsequent crackdown on protesters, including many health care workers.

The junta-controlled Ministry of Health and Sports announced on Monday 1,225 new cases, the highest number since mid-December last year.

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