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3 more Rohingyas test positive for Covid-19 in Cox's Bazar

  • Published at 08:05 pm May 15th, 2020
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Some 740,000 Rohingyas fled over the border to escape a bloody military crackdown in Rakhine state of Myanmar in 2017 that is thought to have killed thousands Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Four cases reported from overcrowded camps in Cox's Bazar, so far

Three more Rohingya people in Cox's Bazar tested positive for the deadly Covid-19 on Friday, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 4 from the community.

Cox's Bazar Medical College Principal Professor Dr Anupom Barua confirmed the matter.

The infected Rohingya men, who live in the overcrowded refugee camps in Ukhiya upazila of Cox's Bazar, are currently being treated in Balukhali isolation centre.

Anupom Barua said health authorities collected samples from 184 suspected Covid-19 patients on Thursday to run tests for coronavirus.

Among them, 23 people, including 3 Rohingya men tested positive for the Covid-19 on Friday, said Anupom Barua. 

The samples were collected from eight upazilas of Cox's Bazar, 34 Rohingya camps, Naikhongchari upazila of Bandarban, and Lohagora upazila of Chittagong, said the Principal.

At least, 3,587 samples were tested at the PCR lab of  Cox's Bazar Medical College  in the last 44 days. Among them, 166 have tested positive for the coronavirus till Friday, added Anupom Barua.

Earlier, on Thursday, the overcrowded Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar reported the first case of Covid-19.

More than one million Rohingya people are currently staying at 34 camps in Cox's Bazar since they fled persecution by Myanmar military in the Rakhine State.


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