Corona Chronicles: Voices from the Field: Myanmar


 

   

コロナの時代に

2019年の終わりにミャンマーに襲いかかってきたのは、中国東部の武漢における致命的なSARSコロナウイルス、COVID-19に関するインターネットニュースだった。その頃のヤンゴンでは、誰が新型ウイルスに感染したかということに関してほとんど分かっていなかった。

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ミャンマーにおけるCOVID-19
──なぜ我々は備えをしなかったのか──

今のいわゆる「コロナの時代」に、オンラインのソーシャルメディア、特にFacebookにアクセスが殺到している。国家指導者、アウン・サン・スー・チーまでもが同サイトを活用し、これを通じて国民と対話するようになった。

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The New Normal and Conversations Under the Tamarind Tree

Adapting to the new normal prompted by the pandemic is challenging for a developing country like Myanmar. Wearing a mask is proving a difficult adaptation for people from all walks of life — housewives, monks, nuns, bus drivers, labourers and sellers in the market.

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The Pandemic in Burma

Though Burma shares a long border with China, state authorities initially claimed there was not one case of COVID-19 in the country. Some earnestly, but naively, attributed this to what they fondly called their unique social lives, whereas many others gave credit to religion.

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Witness to the Pandemic in Yangon

Monday, 20 April, 2020, Yangon came out of a ten-day stay-at-home order that just happened to coincide with the Thingyan (Buddhist New Year) holiday. Businesses would largely be closed and people stayed at home in any case.

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In Times of Corona

By the end of December 2019, Myanmar was overwhelmed with internet news relating to the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Corona Virus COVID-19 in Wuhan, East China. At the time, in Yangon we had little knowledge about who had been infected by the new virus as the World Health Organization (WHO) level 3 laboratory only arrived at the National Health Laboratory in Yangon in mid-March. The quality of the Burmese health system is widely known to be close to last on a list of over 190 countries, and there has been an emergency situation here.

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COVID-19 & Myanmar

After the announcement from the Burmese Ministry of Health and Sports on 23 March 2020 that the first COVID-19 patient has been found in Myanmar, many changes occured in Myanmar’s society. This was followed by fear and uncertainty.

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COVID-19 in Myanmar: Why Didn’t We Prepare?

During what is now the “time of corona,” people have to stay at home stay and have now flocked to online social media, in particular, Facebook. Even Aung San Suu Kyi, the national leader, become active on the platform to communicate to people. On Facebook many Burmese see her as a hero and they blindly write comments worshipping her.

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