On May 14, the first Rohingya refugee tested positive for COVID-19 in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The Cox’s Bazar refugee camps, which host over 840,000 Rohingya refugees, are among the most densely populated places on earth and highly vulnerable to outbreaks of infectious diseases. There is currently no access to intensive care treatment in Cox’s Bazar.
As of 13 May, 120 confirmed cases were reported in Cox’s Bazar district. At least 2 humanitarian staff involved in the refugee response have been also tested positive.
Bangladesh has over 18,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and more than 280 deaths, still testing remains very limited. Bangladesh recently extended a national lockdown until May 30th.h.