Many villagers fled as soon as government troops entered the villages in fear of beatings during questioning about the Arakan Army.
Electoral officials fault the parties, who say they can’t stop the throngs of supporters.
Policy criticisms were cut from the government-allotted broadcast, two small political parties said.
Workers at private firms must work from home, while garment factories have been ordered closed for two weeks.
Politicians urge swift disclosure of facts, call on voters not to panic.
The United Wa State Army, the country's most powerful ethnic army, opens a four-year military academy.
'All in all, I estimate there are between 17,000 and 20,000 new IDPs,' says a local relief worker.
Many are killed in gunfights when Rohingya drug smugglers are confronted by police, Bangladeshi officials say.
An earlier, lighter wave of the pandemic mainly killed elderly patients with other ailments.
Children account for 42 deaths and about one in four civilians injured in the 21-month-old conflict.
The army announces a court-martial over atrocities against Rohingya starting before the end of the year.
USDP and smaller parties say ruling party will gain an unfair advantage if Nov. 8 poll goes ahead.
Michelle Bachelet cites disappearances, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, torture, and deaths in custody.
A Rohingya camp leader says refugees are frightened by the movements, which some believe are aimed at preventing their return to Myanmar.
The Thai PM endorsed the overland option this week, in a blow to canal proponents.
Nearly 300 Rohingya refugees land in Indonesia's Aceh province after half a year at sea.
The resurgence hit Yangon last month, prompting widespread regional stay-at-home orders.
Legal experts say the charges on health law grounds are not relevant to the alleged offense.