An elderly Rohingya man has become the first person to die from COVID-19 in the refugee camps in southern Bangladesh, the U.N. Refugee Agency confirmed on Twitter Tuesday.

The death has raised fears of a serious outbreak in refugee camps that house over a million Rohingya, a mostly Muslim ethnic minority group that were forced to flee a brutal military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar. 

“We are all working round the clock to ensure that testing is available to those refugees,” said Louise Donovan, the refugee agency spokesperson. 

The camps are overcrowded, with shared water sources and communal toilets and washing facilities.

At least 29 Rohingya have tested positive for the virus so far since the first case was detected in the camps on May 14. Bangladesh has so far reported 52,445 coronavirus cases and 709 deaths.

Source: NBC News

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