During the month of February, 25 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been identified in the Rohingya refugee camps, with no new deaths reported. Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Bangladesh last year, the total number of confirmed cases in the camps is 406, with 10 deaths. 88 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases of Bangladeshis in Cox’s Bazar District were identified in February, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the District to 5,593, with 12 deaths.1
14 Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) Isolation and Treatment Centres (ITC) are operational with a 917-bed capacity; 119 beds were occupied by the end of the month. The majority of admissions in the SARI ITCs in February were from the host community.
The second round of blanket distribution of 1.6 million locally-produced masks to all refugees aged five and over was completed in all 34 camps in early February.
4,818 host community individuals reached through anti-trafficking awareness sessions.
55 refugee Protection Emergency Response Unit team leaders trained on cyclone and monsoon preparedness.
5,280 handwashing facilities installed in the camps and host communities to help maintain hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SPOTLIGHT ON: STRENGTHENING RESPONSE TO FIRE INCIDENTS
The Site Management and Site Development Sector have been urgently focusing on increasing emergency preparedness capacity within the camps in response to the increased number of fire incidents reported at the start of the year. In the first two months of 2021, 28 fire incidents have been reported, affecting hundreds of refugee households. In February, Sector Partners focused on fire mitigation and response capacity trainings for Disaster Management Units (DMUs). In three camps, 35 DMU members received training on essential first aid management of burn victims in one camp, and the safe movement of injured and/or incapacitated persons. In another camp, 85 DMUs participated in a training exercise to use fire extinguishers and fire control techniques in a live controlled fire setting. In a third camp, DMUs and Site Management Support (SMS) volunteers conducted 134 community awareness sessions focused on reviewing basic fire safety and control practices with community members, reaching over 1,100 individuals. It is hoped that these activities, along with a continued focus on fire mitigation awareness, will help build community resilience to fire incidents throughout the camp and strengthen coordination between DMUs and local authorities to rapidly control the outbreak of fires.