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Coronavirus - Tunisia: UNHCR Tunisia Flash Update #1 COVID-19

442 refugees and asylum seekers of different nationalities received food and hygiene items from different civil society organizations across the country

In line with the announcement by the Tunisian National Security Council of the extension of the general lockdown until 18 April, UNHCR Tunisia will continue to rely on alternative working arrangements, to adapt and sustain existing activities, and to step up support to refugees and asylum seekers to meet current…

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Coronavirus - Africa: UNHCR stepping up coronavirus prevention measures for refugees across East, Horn and Great Lakes region of Africa

The outbreak comes on the top of existing emergency conditions in the region, where 60 per cent of refugees are experiencing food ration cuts due to underfunding

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is ramping up efforts to increase capacity to prevent, treat and limit…

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Coronavirus - Burkina Faso: UNHCR warns chronic lack of resources contributing to new crisis in Burkina Faso

The COVID-19 pandemic is now further aggravating what is already a complex mix of crises

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned more lives are at a risk in Burkina Faso’s Centre…

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Coronavirus - Africa (UNHCR): Staying and delivering for refugees amid COVID-19 crisis

Over 100 tonnes of emergency and medical aid were recently airlifted to Chad and Iran

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, detailed today a series of measures it is taking in its field operations to help respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and prevent further spread. “I am deeply concerned at this unprecedented pandemic and its impact on refugees and their host communities. The COVID-19…

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Coronavirus - Libya: Humanitarian crisis worsening amid deepening conflict and COVID-19 threat

Authorities have now confirmed ten cases of COVID-19 and one death in Libya

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. One year since the launch of a military offensive in Tripoli, Libya, fighting is further worsening with…

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Coronavirus - Eritrea: Eritrea must free political prisoners and low-risk offenders to reduce COVID-19 threat in crowded jails, says UN expert

Urged Eritrea to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in its overcrowded jails by immediately releasing all political prisoners, low-risk offenders

A UN rights expert has urged Eritrea to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in its overcrowded jails by immediately releasing all political prisoners, low-risk offenders and others such as the sick and elderly who are particularly vulnerable to illness or death. Daniela Kravetz, the Special Rapporteur on the situation…

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Coronavirus - Democratic Republic of the Congo: UNHCR Update on COVID-19 Response

Across DRC, UNHCR is putting in place prevention measures in refugee camps

As of 1 April, there were 123 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the DRC, with 11 reported deaths. No new cases of Ebola have been recorded since 17 February; should this trend continue until 12 April, the epidemic can be declared over. On 25 March, UNHCR declared a global L2…

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Coronavirus - UNHCR Niger: Staying and delivering for refugees amid the COVID-19 crisis

UNHCR’s top priority in the COVID-19 crisis is to ensure that people we serve are included in the Government’s response plan and are properly informed

There are confirmed COVID-19 cases in Niger. Refugees are at the same risk of contracting and transmitting the COVID-19 virus as local populations. To date and based on available evidence, there have been no reports of COVID-19 infections among refugees and asylum-seekers in Niger. However, there is no reason to…

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Coronavirus - Ethiopia: Message to all refugees in Ethiopia on COVID-19

This communication is to inform you how UNHCR and its partners are responding to COVID-19 in Ethiopia

Dear refugees, As you are aware, the world today is facing a serious health crisis caused by COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus. On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared this a pandemic, which means that it is affecting the whole world, and Ethiopia now has confirmed…

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UNHCR airlifts emergency aid for Sudanese refugees in Chad

Clashes in El Geneina, in Sudan's West Darfur State, since December 2019 have forced more than 16,000 people

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, airlifted 93.5 tonnes of emergency aid for Sudanese refugees in Chad from…