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UNHCR reports first COVID-19 cases in Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

September 8, 2020

Two Syrian refugees are the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Azraq camp in Jordan, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported on Tuesday.

The UN agency has stated that, after knowing the result, the two refugees were “taken to the Dead Sea isolation center” on Monday according to the existing protocol.

In addition, he said on his Twitter, the test has already been carried out on “everyone who has been in contact with the two positive results” and “isolation procedures” have been implemented.

UNHCR reports first COVID-19 cases in Syrian refugee camp in JordanUNHCR reports first COVID-19 cases in Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

“We are waiting for the results and are following the situation very closely,” said UNHCR, which is already “working closely with the Syrian Refugee Affairs Directorate and the Jordanian Ministry of Health”.

The Azraq camp houses around 37,000 refugees, making it the second largest in Jordan. The country is home to more than 1.2 Syrian refugees, around 650,000 of whom are registered with the UNHCR, while the rest live in the country alone.

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