Myanmar to provide cash assistance to needy citizens amid COVID-19 crisis

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-16 23:30:14|Editor: huaxia

YANGON, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of the COVID-19 will provide cash assistance to needy citizens as part of the COVID-19 economic relief plan, a government official told a press briefing on Saturday.

Negotiations are being carried out between the National-level committee led by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and respective ministries to directly disburse cash to the people in need through online payment system, said Zaw Htay, spokesperson of the President's Office.

The cash assistance program, which is set to start in two or three weeks, is the second batch of the government's assistance for the needy citizens since the first batch of provision of basic essentials including rice, oil, salt, bean and onion to those struggling amid the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic last month.

Under the previous assistance, the government used 50.84 billion kyats (36.3 million U.S. dollars) from state fund to provide basic essentials to a total of 3.99 million households, the spokesperson said.

As of Saturday, Myanmar has reported 182 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 with six deaths, according to the figures from the Health and Sports Ministry. Enditem