EFEBangkok Desk

Myanmar's shadow National Unity Government (NUG), in opposition to the military junta, has requested urgent humanitarian assistance from the United Nations to tackle the escalating Covid-19 crisis in the country.

The NUG, formed after the coup by politicians and activists opposed to the military regime, called for international emergency help to deal with the new wave of the virus that has "spiraled out of control with a death toll that is increasing daily under the mismanagement of the coup council," it said in a letter to the UN on Sunday night.

The opposition group, which declares itself the legitimate government and maintains its loyalty to deposed leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said that the official data issued by the military junta is just "the tip of the iceberg" due to lack of systemic data collection, limited testing and the inability to access and deploy vaccines.