Coronavirus closes in on Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s cramped, unprepared camps
This article first published in TheConversation explains how Coronavirus is spreading quickly in densely populated Bangladesh, despite a nationwide shutdown put in place a month ago. This preventive measure has proven challenging to implement due to lack of awareness of the coronavirus and the absence of a social safety net. Extreme poverty also forces many Bangladeshis to keep working and looking for food despite the risks. Bangladesh had 2,948 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of April 20. The disease has not yet spread into the refugee camps that house the Rohingya Muslims who fled ethnic violence in Myanmar in 2017, according to a recent update from the humanitarian organizations that work in the camps. But an outbreak is almost certain to come eventually.