Faced with a rapidly deteriorating economic environment, the government chose to wait, instead of moving quickly and seeking help.
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Under the weight of the island nation's worst economic crisis, the health care system is close to collapse.
Kaung Thu Win, a captain who defected in December, offered a rare firsthand account of intensified fighting in Chin, where the military junta has faced some of its fiercest armed resistance.
Construction-related activity in some of the locations along Bhutan's western border has been underway since early 2020, with China initially building tracks and clearing out areas.
In the last few weeks, the Myanmar military has sent reinforcements to Chin, which had been largely peaceful for years, and launched a major offensive against rebels.
Despite warnings that the variant was taking hold, the federal government allowed election rallies, religious festivals and other mass gatherings to proceed.
In March and early April, millions of largely unmasked people attended religious festivals and political rallies that were held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and opposition parties.
Hospitals are unable to guarantee basic services and thousands of lives hang in the balance — a stark warning of how India's health care system is buckling.
More than 1,000 people fleeing violence in Myanmar have crossed into neighboring India's Mizoram state since late February, according to Indian lawmaker K. Vanlalvena.
Around 100 people from Myanmar, mostly policemen and their families, have crossed over a porous border into India since the protests began, a senior Indian official said.