First case of coronavirus detected in Rohingya camps in Bangladesh

DHAKA: Authorities reported the first case in the crowded refugee in the south Bangladesh , where more than 1 million are protected.

Mahbub Alam Talukder, the country's refugee commissioner, said Thursday that the person from the Rohingya community and a local person living in the Cox's Bazar district, who also tested positive, were isolated.

Teams have been activated to treat patients, as well as to track down people they may have found and to quarantine and test those contacts, a spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency told The Associated Press.

Aid workers have been warning of the potential for a serious outbreak if the virus reached the camps. With about 40,000 people per square kilometer (103,600 per square mile) living in plastic shacks side by side, which is more than 40 times the average density of Bangladesh, the refugees would be dangerously exposed to the virus.

Each cabin is just 10 square meters (107 square feet) and many are overcrowded with up to 12 people.

Most Rohingya have fled Myanmar since August 2017, when Myanmar 's military launched counterinsurgency operations in response to rebel attacks. Security forces have been accused of mass rapes, killings and burning thousands of homes.