Catholic priests in Burma contracting coronavirus

Father Mung said most people in the country, also known as Myanmar, have no access to medical care following the Feb., 1 coup that caused the health system to collapse.

Health practitioners, including doctors, were either arrested for joining the “civil disobedience movement” or went into hiding.

“It is very difficult to find a doctor,” said Father Mung, who was himself sick. He said some doctors would provide a list of medicine, “but there is shortage of medicine” even in the cities.

On Sunday, Burma’s health ministry reported 2,318 new cases of COVID-19 with 35 new deaths.

In the Diocese of Pathein Bishop John Hsane Hgyi warned the faithful against the latest surge of COVID-19 cases.

“We need to seriously take care of ourselves so that the third wave of COVID-19 may not spread,” he reminded parishioners.

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