Lockdown imposed in Panghsang

Nyii Kah / August 17, 2021

Panghsang residents busy shopping groceries / CJ

A few days lockdown will be take affect in the capital of Burma’s Wa State Panghsang today’s midnight after the Chinese border authorities caught a person, who was tested positive for COVID-19, while crossing the border into China.

The temporary closure of roads and the whole city of Panghsang will be shut down today’s midnight, according to the statement releases today by the Wa custom department. The temporary lock-down will last for three to five days, the statement said.

The city residents are encouraged to stock up their necessities food items, and the all the residents of Panghasng city will be retested for COVID-19, according to the statement. Meanwhile, many city residents are busy shopping for the groceries as the price of the basic food items are skyrocketed.

The price of a dozen-egg cartoon gone up from 20 Yuan (US$ 3.09) to 40 (US$ 6.17) Yuan, according to the Panghsang residents. Many of them were busy last-minutes shopping groceries before the lockdown start.

Panghsang is a border town of Burma’s far eastern Shan State. It’s situated on the Hka river near the border with China’s Yunan Province and the opposite China’s border town is Menglian.

Wa authorities imposed a couple of previous lockdown in the whole Wa self-administered region last year. Many of the Wa residents were vaccinated and the region has the lowest COVID-19 cases in the country.