In one of the southern Bangladesh camps that are home to more than a million Rohingya refugees, the novel coronavirus has been detected, officials said on Thursday
A humanitarian group warned the authorities that the infection could have devastating effects on the crowded settlement. A senior Bangladeshi official and a UN spokeswoman said that an ethnic Rohingya refugee and another person have tested positive for COVID-19 in the first confirmed case in camps which are more densely populated than most crowded cities on Earth.
“Today they have been taken to an isolation centre after they tested positive.” The other patient was from the “host population”, a term usually referring to local residents outside the camps, Mahbub Alam Talukder, the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner, told Reuters by phone.
Bangladesh has reported 18,863 cases of COVID-19 and 283 deaths as cases have been gathering pace in recent days.