They’ve been barred from Thailand’s buses, hospitals and banks. Their crime? Being Burmese.

Discrimination has become a part of everyday life for migrant Myanmar workers in Thailand since they were blamed for igniting a second wave of COVID-19 infections there. In the weeks since the outbreak began, Myanmar nationals have been denied access to basic services, and the Thai authorities share some blame for ratcheting up the rhetoric ...

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1 COVID case shutters Ngapali beach resort – two weeks after it reopened

1 COVID case shutters Ngapali beach resort – two weeks after it reopened

A resort on one of Myanmar’s most coveted beaches has been forced to close just two weeks after reopening due to a single coronavirus case. While hotels and resorts have...

COVID-19 found in 99 Rohingya arrested for traveling to Yangon: police

COVID-19 found in 99 Rohingya arrested for traveling to Yangon: police

Ninety-nine Rohingya, mostly women an children as young as 5, were arrested in Yangon while on their way to Malaysia. According to police in Shwe Pyi Thar Township, five of the...

Myanmar puts out donation jar to buy more COVID vaccines

Myanmar puts out donation jar to buy more COVID vaccines

The first COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in Myanmar from India next month and go directly to its health care workers – but first Naypyidaw needs your money. Delivering comments...

Domestic air travel resumes Wednesday in Myanmar

Domestic air travel resumes Wednesday in Myanmar

Fly the friendly Myanmar skies again when domestic air travel resumes Wednesday – provided you can pass a COVID-19 test. The Department of Civil Aviation announced that domestic...

Myanmar applies for enough vaccine to jab only 1-in-5 people

Myanmar applies for enough vaccine to jab only 1-in-5 people

Myanmar has formally applied with an international vaccine alliance for enough doses to innoculate 20% of the population against COVID-19, Health Minister Myint Htwe said Monday....

Restaurants outside Myanmar’s COVID hot zones may reopen Friday

Restaurants outside Myanmar’s COVID hot zones may reopen Friday

Aftering being closed to curb the spread of COVID-19, restaurants will be allowed to reopen Friday throughout much of Myanmar. Townships not currently covered by...

Yangon University’s 100 birthday party annoys pandemic-ravaged city

Yangon University’s 100 birthday party annoys pandemic-ravaged city

The University of Yangon turns 100 tomorrow, but its incipient centenary is already annoying people. Scenes of large crowds mingling on the campus without social distancing are...

Myanmar readies to inoculate health workers as COVID-19 vaccine nears reality

Myanmar readies to inoculate health workers as COVID-19 vaccine nears reality

Amid positive developments in the global search for a vaccine, the Health Department is polling Yangon hospitals for staff lists in preparation of administering it to health care...

TGIF busted! Yangon police raid privilege-packed nightclub defying COVID-19 lockdown

TGIF busted! Yangon police raid privilege-packed nightclub defying COVID-19 lockdown

Two managers of a Bahan township nightclub face jail time after a police raid found more than 80 revelers partying there in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions. The managers of The...


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Myanmar has one of the least developed healthcare systems in the region, a product of decades of military rule. Many residents go to Singapore or Thailand to treat more serious illnesses. Yangon General Hospital provides free healthcare to Myanmar nationals, and some private hospitals such as Pun Hlaing have emerged for those who can afford to pay for the treatment. Health stories on Coconuts Yangon cover everything from updates on the latest tropical disease epidemic to mental health to the nasty stuff found in our food.