The coronavirus epidemic has claimed its first victim in Kutupalong, the largest refugee camp on the planet.
A 71 year old man died in Bangladesh refugee camps, Sunday May 31. Local health officials announced the sad news Tuesday, June 2. The victim is a Rohingya refugee who lived in Kutupalong, the largest refugee camp on the planet. “He died on May 31. But we only had confirmation last night that he died of Covid-19“, has indicated Toha Bhuiyan, a health official from Cox’s Bazar district (southeast).
According to him, the septuagenarian died in an isolation center of the NGO Doctors Without Borders. He was buried the same day; in a camp cemetery.
Authorities began tracing
Following this first death, officials began to trace people with whom he had contact before his death. Note that the risk of contamination is very high, because almost a million Rohingya live in promiscuity and extreme poverty. “We will talk to camp officials and alert people to the death,” said Toha Bhuiyan.
Nearly 15,000 people in quarantine
Since the detection of the first cases in mid-May, at least 29 Rohingya, tested positive for the new coronavirus in Bangladeshi camps, reports Le Figaro. To limit the spread of the virus, the authorities in quarantine approximately 15,000 Rohingya, last week.
Like health authorities, epidemiologists fear the devastation that could result from the coronavirus in these refugee camps Indeed, due to precariousness and overcrowding, physical distance is almost impossible and refugees are little aware of the Covid-19.
To date, the Bangladesh officially counts 672 dead for 49,532 confirmed cases of Covid-19.
In order to avoid an epidemic, state officials from Dhaka (capital of Bangladesh), have drastically restricted access to rohingya camps, since several weeks. To do this, the many NGOs and international organizations on the ground need only provide essential services: food distribution or medical care. They will therefore have to limit their staff in the field as much as possible.
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