Beirut: After the United Nations announced the confirmation of the first confirmed coronavirus case in one of the country ’s many crowded refugee camps, a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon has been blocked.
The UN Palestine Refugee Agency UNRWA said in a statement that the patient was a Palestine refugee from Syria who had been taken to Beirut ’s state-run Rafik Hariri Hospital.
The agency added that medical experts were scheduled to visit the Vewell camp in the eastern Bekaa Valley for inspection later on Wednesday.
The official national news agency in Lebanon said the focus of the test will be on the woman ’s relatives and the people she associates with, as well as 50 other people arbitrarily selected “in the camp and surrounding areas”.
The NNA report says that in coordination with the Lebanese security forces, the Palestinian faction responsible for security blocked the refugee camp and prevented anyone from entering or leaving.
The United Nations and aid organizations have repeatedly warned that refugees and immigrants in crowded refugee camps around the world are particularly vulnerable to the new coronavirus.
According to United Nations data, more than 70 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution, violence and abuse, including more than 20 million people living as refugees.
According to statistics released by the Lebanese government after the 2017 census, Veville has more than 2,000 people living, but UN agencies say there are far more people registered in refugee camps.
Aid organizations have warned that tens of thousands of Palestine and Syrian refugees living in overcrowded refugee camps in Lebanon are the most vulnerable groups, and self-isolating patients in refugee camps with weak sanitation will be one of the biggest challenges.
A UNRWA spokeswoman said earlier this month: “The main concern remains … The spread of coronavirus in overcrowded Palestinian refugee camps, where the possibility of isolation is very limited.”
According to official data, there are more than 174,000 Palestinians living in Lebanon, most of them in refugee camps ruled by Palestinian factions that cannot be reached by Lebanese security forces.
But according to unofficial estimates, the number of Palestinians may be as high as 500,000, and Palestinian ancestors fled the establishment of Israel in 1948.
Since the outbreak of the civil war nine years ago, 1.5 million Syrian Lebanese said that the country has been hosting the country, of which nearly 1 million are registered as refugees in the United Nations.
According to officials, so far, only one Palestinian has lived outside the refugee camp, and three Syrians have tested positive for COVID-19 in Lebanon, while there have been 677 infections and 21 deaths nationwide.