UNHCR: COVID-19 may explode among Horn of Africa refugees
After the first cases of COVID-19 in South Sudan and Eritrea were confirmed last week, all countries in the region are taking action on a possible outbreak, he said. To date, there are no confirmed cases of refugees, asylum seekers or migrants within the region, but urgent preparation is needed for their possible occurrence, Baloch said.
The region is already in a state of emergency. About 60% of refugees face problems with reducing food rations due to underfunding. This situation may be exacerbated by the interruption of regular deliveries in connection with measures taken against the spread of the coronavirus, including border controls.
According to the UN, four people are infected with coronavirus in Somalia and one in South Sudan.