· Global coronavirus infections surpass 1.2 million confirmed cases; death toll nears 68,000
· Bangladesh PM announces $8.5 billion bailout package for COVID-19 crisis
· 5 civilians killed and 8 injured in clash in Myanmar’s Rakhine state
· Malaysia detains boatload of 202 presumed Rohingya refugees
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Report: VOA News
Topic: Myanmar reduce prison populations to Limit COVID-19.
Summary: Authorities should reduce the populations of Myanmar’s overcrowded and unsanitary prisons to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Human Rights Watch said Friday. Myanmar confirmed its first COVID-19 related death on March 31.
Myanmar’s prison system, made up of 46 prisons and 50 labor camps nationwide, has an official capacity of 66,000 but now holds an estimated 92,000 prisoners. Approximately 15 percent of them are detainees awaiting trial. Translated and narrated by Mohammed Hussain.
Coronavirus PSA: Mohammad Rukon Uddin
Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: A Rohingya teacher worries about novel coronavirus risks – and the difficulty of maintaining social distancing in a congested place.
Translation summary: Abdur Rashid, 27, teaches at a private school. When Bangladesh’s government ordered school closings in late March as a precaution against novel coronavirus, Rashid “gave awareness to all my students” about how to protect themselves from the life-threatening virus before sending them home.
In a phone interview, Rashid said he worried that people weren’t getting enough accurate and timely information about the virus because the Bangladeshi government has restricted internet and telecommunications since September. Among the notification measures, NGO workers and security forces are using loudspeakers to urge good hygiene and maintaining social distancing.