Live updates: Trump extends social distancing guidelines after experts warn coronavirus could kill 200,000 in the U.S.
ISTANBUL — In Greece, the spread of the coronavirus threatens thousands of refugees who are cut off and locked down in squalid island camps. A war-torn province in Syria is bracing for calamity, in part because no one can afford to stay home. An outbreak in Somalia could, with more than 2.6 million displaced people and thousands of refugees, be “among the worst in the world.”
Those are some of the findings in a report released Monday by Refugees International, surveying the dangers facing 70 million displaced people around the globe as the pandemic spreads.
A set of unique factors ensures that the coronavirus will “disproportionately impact” displaced people: high population density in camps, difficulties accessing health services and a lack of access to communication networks, including phone and Internet. Relief workers “may cut contact with displaced communities to help prevent the spread of the virus,” the report said.
The catalogue of potential trouble spots — from Venezuela to Chad to Afghanistan — demands a vigorous response, the group said. It recommended measures …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]