Coronavirus closes in on Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s cramped, unprepared camps

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.

Coronavirus closes in on Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s cramped, unprepared camps

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