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Coronavirus: Refugee camps bracing for ‘devastating' impact

Posted On: 27 Mar 2020   |   Posted By: The Week

Coronavirus: Refugee camps bracing for ‘devastating' impact

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Kurds, Turkey
Looming threat of Covid-19 will be ‘more than a disaster' to displaced people
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James Ashford
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 3:18pm
The coronavirus outbreak could threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands of refugees, according to warnings from doctors, aid workers and the United Nations.
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Today's back pages: Non-league clubs threaten legal action against The FA Refugees in camps are among millions already caught up in humanitarian emergencies and, experts have warned, they are at great risk of contracting the virus.
Which camps are vulnerable?
Refugee camps in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, as well as closer to home in Europe, are in significant danger from the virus.
The sprawling Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos was already under great stress before the emergence of coronavirus as a global threat.
The 20,000 people inhabiting the unsanitary and overcrowded camp, which was built for 3,000, now have to contend with a virus...

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