Two Rohingya people have become the first to test positive for coronavirus from the vast Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar.
Local health coordinator Abu Toha Bhuiyan confirmed the news.
He said: “The two Rohingya people had been put into isolation, and authorities stepped up prevention measures and were scaling up testing. ”
In early April authorities imposed a complete lockdown on the surrounding Cox’s Bazar district after a number of cases, restricting all traffic in and out of the camps.
The first coronavirus case was confirmed on early March, and the pandemic has since worsened with at least 283 people dead and 18,863 infected.
Health experts have been warning for some time that the virus could race through the sprawling, unsanitary camps that have been home to the Rohingya’s since they fled a military offensive in Myanmar more than two years ago.