Nay Pyi Taw March 23
The World Health Organization on 11 March 2020 declared the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak in the global countries as pandemic. A ceremony to donate necessary COVID-19 treatment aids including medicines and medical equipment in case infection occurs in Myanmar and cash assistance for internally displaced persons and Tatmadaw members serving military duties was held at Defence Services Orthopaedic Hospital in Mingaladon Township, Yangon Region today. Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing delivered address at the ceremony and accepted the cash donations.
Also present were Daw Kyu Kyu Hla, wife of the Senior General, Commander-in-Chief (Navy) Admiral Tin Aung San and wife, Commander- in-Chief (Air) General Maung Maung Kyaw and wife, senior military officers from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief (Army) and their wives, Commander of Yangon Command Maj-Gen Thet Pon and wife, station commanders of Mingaladon Station, officers and donors.
As regards the purpose of the donation, the Senior General said collective precautionary measures must be taken against COVID-19 that is occurring in many countries around the world. Previously, there were 272,795 infected persons in the world. As 33,061 more were infected, the number reached 305,856.
The outbreak has much impact on the global economy, and both the countries that are facing the infection or not are suffering from economic and employment problems. So, preparations for treatment and prevention should be collectively carried out as a national task. World Health Organization has already declared the virus as pandemic. The Tatmadaw is continuously monitoring the outbreak, and suspended the 75th Anniversary (Diamond Jubilee) Armed Forces Day Parade as the infection rate was rising. The Tatmadaw made this decision with full accountability and responsibility.