(United Nations) The UK warned the UN Security Council on Thursday that half of the Burmese population, or around 27 million people, could become infected with COVID-19 within the next two weeks.
Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 4:34 pm
The country had called for a meeting in response to a “desperate” situation in Burma, where the military carried out a coup in February.
The UK urged the Council to ensure that Resolution 2565, calling for ceasefire in conflict areas to allow the delivery of coronavirus vaccines, is respected in Burma.
“It is important that we see how we apply,” pleaded British Ambassador Barbara Woodward.
Burma has been in an uproar since the junta came to power, and many hospitals are not well equipped to handle the influx of cases after many medical workers left their posts to protest the coup.
The UN estimates that only 40% of health facilities in Burma are still functional.
She also estimates the junta carried out at least 260 attacks on medical staff and facilities and arrested at least 67 medical officers.
“As the new wave of COVID-19 spreads like wildfire across the country, it is unfortunate that more lives are lost as the Burmese military uses COVID-19 as a weapon against the population,” said the government spokeswoman for the national Unity, Susanna Hla Hla Soe.
According to the Burmese state media, the junta authorities this week asked “friendly countries” for help in dealing with the coronavirus.
Just under 5,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Wednesday, up from 50 a day in early May, but analysts believe the real number is likely much higher.
Almost 1.75 million people have been vaccinated so far, according to the junta.
The latter has ordered a total of four million vaccine doses from China, Beijing has to donate two million more doses.
At the beginning of the year there was also a shipment of 1.5 million cans from India.