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Myanmar: Situation Report on COVID-19 in Rakhine State (as of 1 September 2020)

OCHA Myanmar - COVID-19 Situation report No 8 Page 5

• A total of 393 locally transmitted cases have been reported across Rakhine between 16 August and 1 September, bringing to 409 the number of cases in 16 townships since 18 May. Across the country, 887 cases, six fatalities and 354 recoveries have been reported.

• The recent surge in local transmission includes COVID-19 positive cases among the personnel of the United Nations agencies and international non-governmental organizations (INGO).

• No cases have been reported in camps or sites for internally displaced people (IDPs) as of 31 August, while displaced persons who had been in contact with COVID-19 confirmed cases were placed in quarantine and tested.

• Sittwe General Hospital, where most COVID-19 confirmed cases are being treated, remains the primary treatment facility for Rakhine. Efforts to increase treatment capacities continue.

• The Rakhine State Government has introduced various COVID-19 measures since 16 August, including a state-wide “stay-at-home” order and other measures aimed at preventing the local transmission.

• Humanitarian actors are assessing the impact of the recently introduced COVID-19 measures on operations, including COVID-19 preparedness and response activities.

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