8 Rohingyas among 36 new Covid-19 patients in Cox’s Bazar

United News of Bangladesh. Cox’s Bazar | Published at 12:39pm on May 23, 2020

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Rohingya refugees gather at a market as first cases of COVID-19 coronavirus have emerged in the area, in Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on May 15, 2020.- AFP photo

A total of 36 people, including eight Rohingyas, were diagnosed with coronavirus in Cox’s Bazar on Friday.

With the latest ones, the number of covid-19 patients in the district reached 304.

Anupam Barua, principal of Cox’s Bazar Medical College, confirmed the development, saying they tested 174 samples and found 28 of them to be infected with the virus.

Meanwhile, Abu Toha, co-ordinator at Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner’s office, said eight Rohingya men tested positive for covid-19 on the day.

A total of 21 Rohingyas have so far been identified with the virus, he said, adding that they are being treated at isolation centress.

Bangladesh witnessed the highest number of deaths in a day due to coronavirus on Friday as record 24 more people died from the virus infection in the last 24 hours, taking the death tally to 432.