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Myanmar orders Yangon stay at home from Monday

FILE PHOTO: People walk past a makeshift barricade blocking off a street to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Yangon, Myanmar, September 12, 2020. REUTERS/Shwe Paw Mya Tin

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar announced a stay-at-home order for its biggest city Yangon after reporting a record daily increase in new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

The order in Yangon, Myanmar’s commercial capital, comes into effect on Monday and will force all employees to work from home. Schools were already closed under previous lockdown measures.

The health ministry said on Sunday it had recorded 671 new coronavirus cases, without saying where. Most of the recent new infections have been in Yangon

Myanmar has so far reported a total 5,541 COVID-19 cases and 92 deaths. Infections have increased to hundreds of new cases per day over the past weeks after the coronavirus resurfaced in the western state of Rakhine, following weeks without a confirmed domestic case.

Domestic airlines announced that services have been suspended until the end of September.

Reporting by Shoon Naing; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky