· Global coronavirus infections top 1.4 million confirmed cases; death toll nears 81,000
· U.S. COVID-19 deaths exceed 12,000; Italy tops 17,000 and Spain surpasses 14,000
· Concerns rise in Rohingya camps, though no COVID-19 cases have been reported
· On anniversary of 1994 Rwandan genocide, UN chief says ‘never again’
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Report: VOA News
Topic: As Africa locks down, some aid delivery is threatened.
Summary: More than half of Africa’s 54 countries have closed their land, air and sea borders to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Aid organizations fear the restrictions may stop or delay important assistance to the people. Africa now has more than 7,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. If humanitarian aid is stopped by the outbreak, “the results will be catastrophic,” the medical group Doctors Without Borders warned in a statement last week. Translated and narrated by Mohamed Hussain.
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Report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: Rising prices and infection risks complicate food access in Rohingya camps.
Translation summary: Governments around the world have locked down movement and closed borders while trying to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus. That has disrupted trade, which has “significantly affected agricultural production, food supply and demand,” Ranjan Roy, an associate professor at Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University, wrote in an April 3 Financial Express op-ed. He called upon governments and international groups to protect vulnerable people.
In Balukhali Camp 1, Sha Alam said food prices are rising and making it difficult for the 40-year-old teacher to feed his household of five. Rohingyas living in the camps already had trouble getting enough to eat before the price hikes, he told VOA in a phone interview.
Omme Habiba is a help desk assistant for World Vision International, a Christian group whose humanitarian aid includes food distribution. She serves clients at the Balukhali Camp 1 distribution center. Since the pandemic, the center has changed its distribution system, assigning clients to specific days to reduce crowding. The center also requires its clients to wear face masks and wash their hands upon entering.