Five people, who recently returned to Paletwa from Rakhine State tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total cases detected in the town in southern Chin State to fourteen.
General administration development (GAD) officer for Paletwa Township Aung Law Har said the new cases were discovered during their quarantine.
They were sent to Paletwa Public Hospital and placed in isolation. Ten people are recovering from the virus after four were discharged from the hospital.
Aung Law Har said everyone’s health is fine.
Due to an increase in infections in Paletwa, all returnees must undergo mandatory quarantine upon arrival in the town.
Health officials are struggling to provide enough blankets, food and other items for the 47 people in quarantine. While the hospital is running short on medicine and personal protective equipment.
The Ministry of Health and Sports reported 101,739 cases in the country on December 8. Since the pandemic started, there have been 80,726 recoveries and 2,151 deaths from the disease.