01 February 2021 News Briefing

Myanmar military seizes power in apparent coup, detaining Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other politicians including presidents U Win Myint, NLD’s parties senior members, 88 generation students activists and known activists in the early hours, and declares a one-year state of emergency. 

All the TV channels in Myanmar including DVB and State-owned TV (MRTV) have been shut down except Military-Owned Myawaddy TV.

Phone lines and some fiber internet networks had cut off nearly half of the day, now all lines and fiber internet resume. 

There is panic buying because of the unstable situations especially in the commercial city, Yangon. 

The Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has announced that the election will be held in accordance with the 2008 Constitution and hand over power to the winning party.

The Media Council urges journalists to be aware of  their own safety and it is to be issued a letter urging security forces to provide protection for the journalists.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced that all temporary entry restrictions on tourists from all over the world will be extended to the end of February.

As of 8 PM, 31 Jan, MoHS has reported more 281 confirmed cases including 6 deaths.