Yangon government relaxes curfew hours during COVID-19 crisis

17 May 2020
Yangon government relaxes curfew hours during COVID-19 crisis
Police vehicles drive under a footbridge near Sule pagoda as they patrol around the downtown area in Yangon, Myanmar, 19 April 2020. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Yangon region government on Friday announced the relaxation of two hours to a dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed in the region amid the fear of infectious COVID-19 spread.

According to a report by Xinhua the curfew hour was changed to 12 am to 4 am from the previous 10 pm to 4 am local time.

Social Affairs Minister Naing Ngan Lin of Yangon Region told the agency that the relaxation was set to allow volunteers or healthcare workers to travel freely and people to go out for work or for health matter until midnight. 

The curfew was brought in on April 18 and since that times about 100 people have been charged for violating it. 

The Yangon region government and the national government have been pursuing policies to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Myanmar currently has 182 cases with six deaths.