Two tested positive on Saturday , one on Sunday
At least another three Rohingyas from the camps in Cox’s Bazar have tested positive for coronavirus, worrying government officials and host communities.
Of the three new infected persons, two tested positive on Saturday and the other one was found infected on Sunday, according to two government sources.
With the new cases, the number of infected Rohingyas, who live in a very congested situation, stands at 4. The Rohingya camps, home to nearly a million persecuted people from Myanmar, reported their first Covid-19 case on Thursday.
“We have got three more positive cases in the Rohingya camps – two on Saturday and one today (Sunday). The total number is now 4,” Kamal Hossain, deputy commissioner (DC) of Cox’s Bazar, told Dhaka Tribune on Sunday night.
Dr Anupam Barua, principal of Cox’s Bazar Medical College where the testing took place, told this correspondent: “Yes, two Rohingyas tested positive on Saturday and one on Sunday.”
“But, I am not sure whether the total number of infected is four or five. You better call the civil surgeon for confirmation,” he said.
On Thursday, it was initially reported that two Rohingyas had tested positive, but it turned out later that one Rohingya and one Bangladeshi from the host community had tested positive.
Despite repeated attempts, Dr Mahbubur Rahman, civil surgeon of Cox’s Bazar, could not be reached for comment.
Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mahbub Alam Talukder, the top government person on the ground in relation to the Rohingya crisis, also could not be reached.
“All the infected people are in isolation and in good health. We are now trying to trace those people at their homes with whom they were recently in touch,” Cox’s Bazar DC, Hossain, said.
“This is really worrying for us as well as the host communities,” he said, adding: “I don’t think that the community transmission has yet begun in the camps.”
The district administrator went on to say: “Considering the severe consequences of the impact of the virus in the Rohingya camps, we took stringent measures to prevent it from entering. But, it did enter. Now, we will do everything necessary to stop the spread of this virus.”
“We will make sure the lockdown that has been in place for about four weeks is maintained strictly. We will also make sure that the physical distancing practices are strictly enforced,” he said.
“It will be extremely difficult to handle the situation if this deadly virus spreads throughout the camps. We hope that will not happen,” he added.