Bangladesh: COVID-19 panic grips crowded Rohingya camps

New Delhi (NVI): About one million Rohingya refugees living in the crowded and cramped camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar are vulnerable to coronavirus infection, experts and activists warned.

The area where most of the Rohingya Muslims arrived in 2017 are wretched and have low lying conditions, which makes the area a fertile ground for the disease.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh has also suspended all public transport services as the country has reported five deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic with almost 27 positive cases, according to United News of Bangladesh.

The government has also declared a 10-day shutdown from to battle the spread of the coronavirus.

Both the private and public sectors, except emergency services, have come to a temporary halt.