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Beyond Borders | Myanmar, Six Months After The Coup

Beyond Borders | Myanmar, Six Months After The Coup
By Reporting ASEAN • Issue #6 • View online

Yangon residents line up to get medical oxygen tanks refilled, in Myanmar’s lethal COVID-19 surge. More photos from the Myanmar Pressphoto Agency here.
It still feels like COVID-19, now being turbo-charged by the Delta variant in much of Southeast Asia, has frozen time. But yes, it’s now half a year since the Myanmar military took over power in that country of over 57 million people.
In this Myanmar-focused issue, we bring you voices from the ground about what life feels like these days (‘double trouble’, an interviewee says of COVID-
19 and the coup) and insights from an artist who pretends he’s on a faraway island to get his creative juices going.
Our chat with Medecins Sans Frontiers explains why the breakdown of health services is a catastrophe - 80% of health services have been from the state. The percentage of COVID-19 tests that turn out positive in Myanmar is very high at 37%, ranking second after Mexico’s 38.1% in One World in Data’s global tracker.
Our infographics highlight statistics that help illustrate Myanmar’s multiple crises - the UN World Food Programme says 90% of government activity has ceased; the World Bank has just projected that its economy will contract by 18% in 2021.
Do check out our photo essay from the Myanmar Pressphoto Agency, a group of fotogs who have soldiered on with news coverage since the coup.
Meantime, hang in there (and that goes for all of us) -
Johanna Son
Founder/Editor - Reporting ASEAN
1 Myanmar On Our Minds
Six Months After: ’We Only Have Ourselves’
‘Like Lighthouses, Cartoons Help the Public See the Truth’
’The Situation Could Become Critical In Weeks’
Read the Burmese version below:
2 Stories In Numbers
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