• WFP continues its emergency food and nutrition assistance to 7,500 migrant returnees in quarantine centres, at the request of local authorities.
• WFP is introducing remote monitoring in its operational areas to track the food and nutrition security situation of WFP-supported beneficiaries.
• WFP is chartering a series of flights connecting Yangon to Kuala Lumpur for humanitarian workers and cargo.
• WFP is promoting the use of its newly established Consolidation Hub in Guangzhou, China to humanitarian partners for storing and forwarding COVID-19 related humanitarian cargo.
• According to the Ministry of Health and Sports, there are 146 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Myanmar as of 27 April, including five deaths.
• To contain the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Myanmar has issued a nationwide order that restricts gatherings of five or more people. A curfew order has also been imposed until further notice in nine out of 14 states and regions in Myanmar, including the capital Nay Pyi Taw and the commercial hub Yangon.
• WFP market price monitoring in early April shows that:
Overall, the average retail price of rice increased compared to March. Areas with notable price increases included the southeast (14%), Shan (12%) and Rakhine (9%).
Rice shortages were reported in Maungdaw Township in northern Rakhine and Kutkai Township in northern Shan