COVID-19 cases top 130,000 in Myanmar

YANGON, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- The confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 130,049 with 2,826 deaths in Myanmar on Saturday, according to a Health Ministry release.

This photo taken on December 19, 2020 shows healthcare workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) as they talk to a patient with the Covid-19 coronavirus at the Ayeyarwady Covid Center at the Thuwana football stadium in Yangon. (Photo: AFP)

The Asian country recorded 566 new infections and 14 more deaths from the coronavirus epidemic in the past 24 hours, the release said.

A total of 113,550 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far in Myanmar.

According to the ministry's release, the daily virus test positivity rate stands currently at 2.9 percent, remaining under 5 percent since Dec. 18.

Over 1.98 million samples have been tested for COVID-19 since the first infection was detected in Myanmar on March 23 last year.