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New front: Worry over COVID-19 spreading in African refugee camps

A severe coronavirus outbreak in camps hosting vulnerable people across the continent will have disastrous consequences.

Scary, distressing, catastrophic: A bleak assessment by experts, humanitarians and epidemiologists on what a severe coronavirus outbreak would look like in countries across Africa sheltering millions of refugees and other vulnerable people.

The virus that swept across the globe has infected more than 660,000 people and killed some 30,000 since it was detected in China late last year. In Africa, the confirmed figures are still fairly low – but on the rise. As of Saturday, 3,924 infections and 117 deaths had been reported across 46 of the continent’s 54 countries.

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