Jordan confirms two Covid-19 cases in a Syrian refugee camp

The two refugees, who were transferred to isolation, tested positive during random testing

Syrian refugees line up to register their names at an employment office, at the Azraq Refugee Camp, 100 kilometres (62 miles) east of Amman, Jordan. AP
Syrian refugees line up to register their names at an employment office, at the Azraq Refugee Camp, 100 kilometres (62 miles) east of Amman, Jordan. AP

Jordanian authorities confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus in a camp hosting Syrian refugees since the pandemic was reported in the kingdom, the UN refugee agency said on Tuesday.

The two Syrians, who were transferred to an isolation site, tested positive during random testing done by Jordanian health authorities in the Azraq camp, said Rula Amin, UNHCR spokeswoman for the Middle East and North Africa.

There have been several other infections of Syrian refugees living outside the camps, among around 2,500 cases in Jordan since the first case was reported on March 2, Ms Amin said.

Most of the 655,000 UN-registered Syrian refugees live in urban centres.

A majority of them who fled their homeland since the start of the nearly decade-long conflict in 2011 have remained in Jordan.

Updated: September 9, 2020 02:42 PM

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