Muse Residents Fear COVID-19 Outbreak From China

By Network Media Group
Monday, January 23, 2023

Three women who recently returned to Muse in northern Shan State from China’s Yunan Province tested positive for COVID-19.

Htay from the Muse Social Volunteers Network told NMG that the cases were discovered after 125 people were tested at the Nandaw checkpoint on 18 January. The three women were taken to a treatment centre at 105-Mile in the border town.

“We are really worried about another outbreak of COVID-19 here. Many people have already died from it and we’re afraid of it spreading again,” said a male resident on condition of anonymity.

China opened their three checkpoints on 8 January, but Burmese authorities haven’t opened theirs.

“People can return to Burma through the Nandaw checkpoint, but they cannot enter China,” Htay said.

Locals reported that the government opened Mang Weing checkpoint to trucks on 14 January. Two Chinese trucks reportedly entered Muse from Jiegao on 17 January, but the regime has not allowed domestic trucks into China.

China closed all the checkpoints to Muse from April 2021, when the pandemic began, until recently.