‘Not scared of the virus’, Myanmar taxi driver’s pilgrimage to a sacred pagoda

Date: 12-10-2020 10:44 am (6 months ago) | Author: Okafornta hillary
- at 12-10-2020 10:44 AM (6 months ago)
Defying the threat of contracting coronavirus and a citywide lockdown, Myanmar taxi driver Ko Naing, 50, still travels each day to pray outside the sacred Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, the country’s holiest Buddhist site.
“I’m not scared of the virus because I feel protected by my religion and regular praying at the pagoda,” he told Reuters, kneeling at the front gate of the pagoda.

The number of COVID-19 infections in Myanmar, which has one of the world’s weakest health systems, has surged from a few hundred in mid-August to more than 27,000 cases and 646 deaths as of Monday.

The country of 53 million people has locked down its biggest city, Yangon, and imposed a broad stay-at-home order across the whole city to stop the virus from spreading.


Posted: at 12-10-2020 10:44 AM (6 months ago) | Newbie