03:59 GMT03 March 2021
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Department of State has issued a renewed travel warning, asking Americans to refrain from visiting Myanmar over the spread of COVID-19 and the civil unrest in the southeastern Asian nation following a 1 February military coup.

    According to the official statement, issued late on Friday, the Department of State "raised the Travel Advisory Level for Burma (Myanmar) to Level 4 – Do Not Travel on February 12, 2021." As the release reads, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also raised the level of the coronavirus threat for Myanmar.

    "[Moreover] the Burmese military has detained and deposed elected government officials. Protests and demonstrations against military rule have occurred and are expected to continue," the statement added.

    On February 1, Myanmar faced a coup as the military arrested senior members of the newly-elected parliament just before it was due to convene for an inaugural session. The military declared a state of emergency for one year, pledging to hold a new election after it expires. Following the coup, Myanmar faced a wave of protests in support of the detained lawmakers.

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