YANGON, Myanmar

Myanmar reported four new cases of the novel coronavirus Friday, bringing the country’s total number of infections to 27.

The Health and Sports Ministry said the latest cases include an elderly man and woman who have been suffering from mild symptoms since early this month but had no travel history in the past 14 days.

The authorities are struggling to get people to stay home during the annual 10-day holiday starting Friday to welcome the traditional New Year.

Myanmar canceled the annual Thingyan water festival, the biggest celebration in the country, on April 13-16 but did not ban

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