msn.com 18 Sep, 2020 09:30 am

Suu Kyi Under Pressure to Delay Vote as Myanmar Virus Cases Rise

Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is under pressure to delay the November general elections as a resurgence in coronavirus cases has resulted in a strict lockdown across parts of the nation.

“We have witnessed that supporters of respective parties unconsciously fail to follow social distancing measures and standard operating procedures in election campaigns,” some two dozen opposition parties said in the letter.” The ruling National League for Democracy still favors going to vote on schedule with Suu Kyi saying the outbreak can be contained with strict social distancing curbs.The near-shutdown of Myanmar’s Yangon region and Rakhine state as well as lower election spending amid social distancing measures threaten the impoverished country’s forecast for economic recovery next year.A second wave of virus infections hit the nation of 54 million people last month, forcing authorities to bring back stay-at-home orders in commercial hub Yangon and in the Rakhine State and ban domestic travel nationwide.

” While the country’s second wave of infections is worse-than-expected, authorities are better prepared in terms of health infrastructure and resources to contain the pandemic, according to Than Naing Soe, spokesman of Ministry of Health and Sports.Bloomberg p (Bloomberg) -- Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is under pressure to delay the November general elections as a resurgence in coronavirus cases has resulted in a strict lockdown across parts of the nation.

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