The United Nations has expressed grave concern about the registration of two cases of the Coronavirus in the camp of about 1 million Arakan (Rohingya) Muslim refugees in the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh.
This came at a press conference, held by the spokesperson of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Andrej Mahecic, on Friday, at the organization’s office in Geneva, Switzerland.
Mahesic said: “There are serious concerns about the possible serious effects of the virus on the overcrowded refugee camps hosting 860,000 refugees from Arakan.”
He pointed out that there are about 400 thousand Bengalis in the vicinity of the camp, noting that the refugees and the local people in the region are the most vulnerable to the epidemic globally.
The UN spokesman called for every effort to provide clean water and sanitation infrastructure, to avoid a large number of deaths in the region.
And Thursday, Bangladesh’s Refugee Affairs Officer Mahboub Alam Talukdar told Anatolia that they had discovered two people with the Coronavirus in a camp inhabited by Muslims in Myanmar’s Arakan province at Cox’s Bazar.
As of Thursday, the number of people infected with the virus in Bangladesh reached 18,863 cases, after recording a thousand and 41 cases in the last 24 hours, while the number of deaths reached 283 cases.
Since August 25, 2017, the Myanmar military and Buddhist militias have launched a military campaign and brutal massacres against Rohingya Muslims in Arakan province.
Ongoing crimes have killed thousands of Rohingya, according to identical local and international sources, as well as nearly a million asylum seekers in Bangladesh, according to the United Nations.
The Myanmar government regards the Rohingya as “irregular migrants” from Bangladesh, while the United Nations classifies it as the “most persecuted minority in the world.”