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Covid-19 sows panic in Rohingya camp

Refugees are living in fear since hearing about infections in the Bangladesh camp

Covid-19 sows panic in Rohingya camp

Rohingya refugees at Balukhali makeshift camp in Cox’s Bazar. The first Covid-19 case in one of dozens of Rohingya camps has sparked fear in the community. (Photo: Stephan Uttom/UCA News)

Fear has gripped the refugee community in a Bangladesh camp after an ethnic Rohingya and a local Bengali tested positive for Covid-19.

Mahabub Alam Talukder, head of the state-run Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commission (RRRC), confirmed the infections and consequent measures.

“Two men were tested positive in Kutupalong camp — one Rohingya refugee and a member of the host community, who have been sent to an isolation center. We have put six families in the camp in isolation and the area has been put under lockdown,” Talukder told UCA News.

“We will trace their contact history to identify people who came in close contact with them and also put them in isolation. Additional measures are being taken to ensure the virus doesn’t spread in the community anymore,” he added.

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