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PM: Outsiders not allowed at Rohingya camps

  • Published at 02:50 pm March 31st, 2020
Rohingya Camp
File photo of a Rohingya camp Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The prime minister came up with the order on Tuesday

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered the authorities concerned to restrict entry of outsiders in the Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar as part of an effort to prevent the coronavirus outbreak.

The prime minister came up with the order while addressing a videoconference, with the officials of 64 districts to coordinate the ongoing activities to contain coronavirus, from Ganabhaban in Dhaka on Tuesday.

She said: "If coronavirus spreads out at the Rohingya camps, it will be dangerous and turn it into a big loss as the Rohingya are our major concern. So only the government officials and authorized people now will have the entry there."

Cox's Bazar Deputy Commissioner Kamal Hossain said: "We have already imposed restrictions on Rohingya camps to combat the outbreak of coronavirus there."

The authorities suspended all the activities, except for emergency services, at all 34 Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar from March 25 in a bid to fight the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar district and most of them entered Bangladesh since August 25, 2017 amid military crackdown in Rakhine State of Myanmar against Rohingyas.

As of Tuesday, Bangladesh has so far recorded five deaths and 49 infections from Covid-19, a pandemic announced by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The fast spreading coronavirus, which was first reported in China's Wuhan, has claimed 37,846 lives and infected 787,438 people across the world till 2:40pm on Tuesday, according to Worldometer.

As many as 165,938 people have recovered from the virus which has spread to 200 countries and territories around the world.

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