YANGON, June 25 (Xinhua) — Myanmar authorities have brought back 5,171 Myanmar nationals home from abroad by relief flights as of Thursday, according to a release from the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Due to the suspension of international commercial flights during the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has been making efforts to bring back its citizens stranded in foreign countries, in cooperation with the authorities concerned.
On Thursday morning, 143 Myanmar citizens stranded in the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain arrived at the Yangon International Airport.
It was learnt that a total of 139 Myanmar nationals including 28 seamen from the Philippines and 15 nationals including seamen from Bangladesh will arrive late on Thursday.
According to the release, all returnees will be put under quarantine at designated facilities or hotels in Yangon region for 21 days on their arrivals.
Myanmar has reported 293 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with six deaths as of Thursday, said the latest figures by the Health and Sports Ministry.