YANGON, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment for COVID-19 on Thursday announced an extension of closure of basic education schools for two more weeks due to the recent detection of highly infectious COVID-19 virus variants.
The closure of basic education schools including private schools and Buddhist monastic schools was first set to end on Friday, but was further extended until Aug. 8.
Myanmar reported 6,701 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total tally to 253,364 as of Thursday, according to the latest figures by the Ministry of Health and Sports.
The COVID-19 related death toll rose to 6,133 with 319 new deaths recorded in the past 24 hours.
Myanmar detected its first two COVID-19 cases on March 23 last year.