Six months after coup, Burma hit by third wave of Covid

DECRYPTION – The epidemic resumption is all the more worrying as the health system is undermined, doctors abandoning public hospitals to avoid working under the orders of a government deemed “illegitimate”.

After the political chaos, the health distress seizes Burma. The lifeless bodies of dozens of Covid-19 victims, laid on stretchers and swaddled in sheets or plastic sheeting, are flocking to crematoriums or cemeteries in Yangon and Mandalay, the two largest cities in the country.

In the streets of these same agglomerations, endless queues form around the oxygen production plants. Armed with 15 to 40 liter canisters, hundreds of Burmese patiently wait to fill them with the precious pressurized gas, in the hope of relieving a loved one suffering from Covid-19 who has remained at home for lack of space in hospitals.

But in the face of increased demand, shortages are looming and prices are skyrocketing. “A 10-liter cylinder costs 550,000 kyats (280 euros) today, against 100,000 kyats (52 euros) at the beginning of July”, observes a private sector employee joined by Le Figaro on Signal messaging. She preferred to pay close

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