Bad News from Bangladesh

COVID-19 has hit a Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh, the UN and the Bangledeshi government reported yesterday.

An ethnic Rohingya refugee and another person from the host community both tested positive for the virus that humanitarian groups have been warning would decimate the collection of camps housing more than a million Rohingya.

“Here, people are living 40,000 to 70,000 people per square kilometer. That’s at least 1.6 times the population density on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where the disease spread four times [faster] than in Wuhan at the peak of the outbreak,” says Manish Agrawal, the International Rescue Committee’s Bangladesh country director.


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