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Live blog: Refugees in the COVID-19 crisis

The UN Refugee Agency
25 Mar 2020, 17:57 GMT+10

Displaced people and host communities all over the world are at heightened risk as the pandemic spreads.

Here are some of the ways they - along with UNHCR staff and supporters - are taking action to stay smart, stay safe and stay kind.

Check back here for updates:

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

At the world's largest refugee settlement, in Bangladesh, UNHCR is giving health tips and distributing soap to curb the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak among Rohingya refugees.

Canada

Payback time for writer Robin Stevenson, who four years ago sponsored a refugee family to resettle to Canada. Now self-isolating after travel, that family brought a care package to her door.

Warsaw, Poland

UNHCR's representative in Poland is highlighting a refugee initiative in the port city of Gdansk to sew protective masks - vital kit in short supply as health-care systems strain to treat soaring numbers of COVID-19 patients.

Frankfurt, Germany

A UNHCR airlift flew 4.4 tonnes of much needed medical equipment including masks, gloves and essential medicines to support the COVID-19 response in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The country hosts close to one million Afghan refugees and faces critical shortages within its health-care system.

Geneva, Switzerland

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Fillippo Grandi highlights steps taken to curb the COVID-19 outbreak around the world.

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