The first death of a Rohingya refugee from Covid-19 has been confirmed in the camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The victim was a 71-year-old man.

A UNHCR statement said the agency was “deeply saddened to learn of this development and sends our condolences to the family and the wider Rohingya community.”

As of June 2, according to the World Health Organization, there were 29 confirmed Covid-19 cases among the refugee population in the camps. In the wider Cox’s Bazar district, there were 729 cases with 16 deaths. Numbers continue to rise.

“We are all working round the clock to ensure that testing is available to refugees, those who are identified as Covid-19 positive have adequate facilities in place to care for them, and to ensure contact tracing and isolation of those who may have been exposed,” the statement said.

The sprawling refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar are home to nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees.

Source: CNN News

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