The Bangladesh government put 5,000 Rohingya under lockdown at the Kutupalong shelter camp, after two refugees from the camp tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday.
So far, four Rohingya refugees have tested positive for Covid-19. Out of these, two of them are residents of Kutupalong shelter camp.
“All the 5,000 refugees at Kutupalong camp will be tested,” said Health Coordinator of Refugee, Relief and Rehabilitation Commission, Abu Toha M R H Bhuiyan.
In April, the local administration had imposed a lockdown in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps after various Covid-19 cases were detected in the district.
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Rohingyas who occupy the densely populated camps in Bangladesh are among the world’s most vulnerable to the highly contagious virus, which has spread rapidly across the globe.
Meanwhile, aid workers have warned of a potential humanitarian disaster if there is a significant increase of Covid-19 cases in the camps in Bangladesh, which has reported about 300 deaths due to the virus.
One more Rohingya refugee in Cox’s Bazar has tested positive for the deadly Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 4 from the community.
The cases were confirmed on Friday afternoon by Dr Anupam Barua, professor at Cox’s Bazar Medical College.
“A total of 184 suspected samples were tested on Friday from the eight upazilas under the district — 34 Rohingya camps, Bandarban’s Naikhongchhari upazila, and Chittagong’s Lohagara upazila. As many 24 tested positive for Covid-19. Out of these, one was a follow up report of a patient who was detected earlier, and one was Rohingya refugee,” said Anupam Barua.
Of the rest, six are from Cox’s Bazar Sadar, eight from Chakaria, seven from Ukhiya, and one from Pekua, he added.
As many as 3,731 virus suspected samples have been tested in the last 45 days at a coronavirus testing lab at Cox’s Bazar Medical College, which said 189 of them are corona positive.
Moheshkhali reported 12 cases, while Teknaf reported 7, Ukhiya 21, Ramu 3, Chakaria 61, Cox’s Bazar Sadar 43, Pekua 22, Kutubdia 1; 4 are from Rohingya camps and the rest are from nearby areas — Bandarban, Chittagong’s Lohagara and Satkania upazilas.
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