UN reports first COVID-19 infections inside refugee camps in Jordan


September 8, 2020 1:35 pm by fatima.sule
Amman, Sept. 8, 2020 (dpa/Naija247news) Two Syrian refugees at Jordan’s Azraq camp have tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first confirmed cases to be reported inside a refugee camp in the kingdom, the UN said on Tuesday.

“These are the first confirmed cases of coronavirus inside refugee camps in Jordan,” the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) in Jordan said in a statement.

The positive test results came out on Monday evening, prompting the UN to move the two patients to facilities designated by Jordanian authorities to isolate Covid-19 patients.

Other refugees who were in direct contact with them have been tested and isolated inside the camp until the results come back, UNHCR added.

The Azraq refugee camp is Jordan’s second largest and home to almost 37,000 refugees.

It is located around 100km east of the capital Amman.

Jordan hosts more than 1.2 million Syrian refugees, including some 650,000 registered with the UN.