YANGON, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar reported 70 more COVID-19 confirmed cases on Wednesday morning, the highest surge in a single day since the disease was first detected in the country, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports.

The newly confirmed cases brought the number of cases in the country to 574 in total.

As of Tuesday, a total of 107 local transmission cases have been reported in Rakhine state since Aug. 16, the ministry's figures said.

Due to the recent increasing number of locally transmitted cases in Rakhine state, Myanmar government sent 46 volunteer health workers to Sittwe township to help fight against COVID-19.

The stay-at-home order was also imposed in five townships of Rakhine State including Sittwe, Kyaukphu, Ann, Toungup and Thandwe townships.

A total of 147,820 samples were tested for COVID-19 so far and 7,311 patients are under investigation at present, the ministry's figures said.

According to the ministry, 341 patients have recovered from the disease so far.

Myanmar reported its first two positive cases of COVID-19 on March 23 and six deaths have been reported so far.