Burmese authorities reported 70 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, an unprecedented daily balance since the pandemic began that has made Rakhine state the epicenter of infections in the Asian country.
The Burmese Ministry of Health had no record of local infections for a month between July 16 and August 16, but about 200 more infected people have been discovered since that day, up to a total of 574. Most of the cases match the citizens of Sittwe, the Capital of the state of Rakhine, and 75 percent of them are asymptomatic, according to the ministry.
“We have found that the infection rate in Rakhine state has increased rapidly and we expect there will be more cases in the next two weeks,” said the ministry’s infectious disease director Jin Jin Gyi in a statement to the Bloomberg agency to.
Authorities have stepped up surveillance at the entrances to Rakhine and plan to strengthen hospitals’ capacity and contact tracing to help contain the virus. In addition, schools in the region will have to temporarily close their doors this Thursday.