Bangladesh: Coronavirus panic hit the Rohingya camp

The Experts and activists warn that about one million Rohingya refugees living in crowded and crowded camps in Bangladesh are vulnerable to coronavirus infection.

According to the experts, the terrible conditions in the camps, where most Rohingya Muslims arrived in 2017 to escape military operations in Myanmar across the border, are fertile ground for any disease.

The public in other countries is said to be two meters away from each other. This is the latitude of most routes in Kutupalong, the largest refugee camp in the world, which is overloaded with people looking for food and fuel every day.

Masks, which have become a daily part of most of the world, are rare. Disinfectants are not known there.

Each hut occupies only 10 square meters and can accommodate up to 12 people.

Social distancing in camps is “almost impossible”, said Paul Brockman, head of MSF in Bangladesh (Medecins Sans Frontieres or MSF).

“The scale of the problem is enormous. Vulnerable groups such as the Rohingya are likely to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus”,  – he told AFP.

Bangladesh has reported only a few deaths from coronavirus and fewer than 50 cases, but the public and experts fear that there are many more.

“We are extremely worried. When the virus arrives here, it will spread like wildfire”, –  said Mohammad Jubeier, a Rohinj community leader.


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