WHO worker dies as vehicle carrying Covid-19 samples is attacked in Myanmar

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A World Health Organization driver was killed in an attack on a “marked UN vehicle” transporting some “surveillance samples” through Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine province, where fighting resumed several days ago.

Myanmar, where the tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 119, saw “a security incident” in the Minbya township of the country’s westernmost Rakhine state, a local United Nations office confirmed on Tuesday.

It said the vehicle, bearing UN credentials, has been transporting “Covid-19 surveillance samples in support of the Ministry of Health and Sports” to Myanmar’s capital, Yangon. The driver succumbed to his injuries, it reported, without expanding on the attack.

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