UNRWA: Palestinian Refugee Camps in Syria Coronavirus-Free

UNRWA: Palestinian Refugee Camps in Syria Coronavirus-Free

Residents of the besieged Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp wait to leave the camp, on the southern edge of the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria, Feb. 4, 2014 (photo credit: AP/SANA)

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said in its weekly health report that all Palestinian refugee camps in Syria are coronavirus-free.

UNRWA stated in its weekly update issued on May 31 that 157 covid-19 cases have been recorded in its five fields of operation, up from 130 cases recorded in a May 22 report.

Recently, human rights groups expressed deep concern that the lack of transparency maintained by the Syrian government regarding the pandemic will result in a catastrophic situation in displacement camps, at a time when the deadly virus continues to claim the lives of thousands of people across the globe.

Activists said they feared the coronavirus could spread quickly in jails and in overcrowded displacement camps, where neither hygiene kit nor medical equipment are accessible. Displacement camps set up in northern Syria are especially vulnerable as most hospitals and medical facilities have been bombed, rendering them out of order.

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