DHAKA | The new coronavirus has a first death in the refugee camps of Bangladesh, where about one million Rohingya live in overcrowded conditions and extreme poverty, announced on Tuesday that the local health authorities.
The victim is a refugee rohingya 71-year-old who lived in Kutupalong, the largest refugee camp in the world. “He died on may 31. But we had only last night the confirmation that he died of the COVID-19,” said Toha Bhuiyan, a health officer of the district of Cox’s Bazar (south-east), where are located the camps of the Rohingya.
The refugee has died in a center of isolation of the NGO Doctors without borders, and was buried in a cemetery in the camp the same day. The authorities are now trying to find the people with whom he was in contact before his death.
“We’re going to be with the leaders of the camp, and warn people about this death,” said Toha Bhuiyan.
Since the detection of the first cases in mid-may, at least 29 Rohingyas, a muslim minority persecuted in Burma neighbor and who fled en masse to Bangladesh, were positive to the new coronavirus in the camps of bangladesh.
In the Face of increasing cases of contamination in the camps, Bangladesh has placed the last week in quarantine, about 15,000 Rohingyas living there.
Epidemiologists fear for several months the havoc that could cause an epidemic of COVID-19 in these refugee camps, crude and crowded, where the detachment physics is almost impossible, and the population with low awareness of the virus.
To avoid an epidemic, Dhaka restricts drastically the last several weeks the access to the camps, the Rohingya. The many NGOS and international organisations present must limit to the maximum of their staff on the ground and be confined to certain essential services, such as food distribution or medical care.
Bangladesh has officially to this day 672 dead for 49 532 confirmed cases of COVID-19.