YANGON, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar has increased to 749 as of Sunday morning, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports.

A total of 16 new COVID-19 confirmed cases, including 10 local transmission cases and six imported cases, were reported on Sunday Morning.

Myanmar detected new local transmission again on Aug. 16 since its local case was lastly reported on July. 16.

Rakhine state has been seeing an increasing number of local cases since Aug. 16 and all townships of the state are now under the stay-at-home order, as part of the measures to curb the spread of the disease.

A total of 156,042 samples have been tested for COVID-19 so far and 7,518 patients were under investigation as of Saturday, the ministry's figures showed.

According to the ministry, 351 patients have recovered from the disease so far.

Myanmar recorded its first two positive cases of COVID-19 on March 23, with six deaths being reported so far.