First coronavirus case detected in Bangladesh Rohingya camp

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:02, May 14,2020 | Updated: 22:08, May 14,2020


Rohingya refugees, who crossed the border from Myanmar two days earlier, rest while they wait to receive humanitarian aids at Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, October 19, 2017. — Reuters photo

Bangladesh on Thursday confirmed the first coronavirus case in Rohingya refugee camp, saying that a refugee man in his 30 has been tested positive.

Cox’s Bazar civil surgeon Mahbubur Rahman told New Age two people tested positive in the camp area for the first time, but they were yet to get the identity of the second person.

Quoting government sources, UN refugee agency UNHCR said the second infected person is a member of the local host community.

‘According to the government of Bangladesh, the first two positive cases of Covid-19 were identified from health facilities within the Rohingya refugee camps in Ukhiya today [ Thursday],’ said UNHCR spokesperson Louise Donavan.

‘One patient is from the refugee population and the other one from the surrounding host population, she said, adding that both have presented to health facilities run by humanitarian partners in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar,’ she said.

Testing began in the Cox’s Bazar District at the beginning of April and as of May 14, a total of 108 refugees have been tested, she added.

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