Myanmar virus containment plan pushed to brink
Myanmar has quarantined tens of thousands of people to prevent a coronavirus outbreak from overwhelming its fragile health care system but public health experts and doctors say the strategy is on the brink of collapse as infections surge. Myanmar is housing more than 45,000 people, including COVID-19 patients as well as those yet to be tested, their close contacts and returning migrant workers, in buildings from schools and monasteries to government offices and tower blocks.
Even those with no symptoms or mild symptoms are hospitalized or quarantined, part of an ambitious plan to stop the virus. But Myanmar’s “maximum containment” strategy could backfire if overburdened facilities put people off quarantine altogether, said public health expert Kyaw San Wai.