Rohingya refugees running scared from coronvirus tests Jun 05, 2020 0 38 12345 AFPCox’s BazarRohingya refugees infected with coronavirus are fleeing quarantine in their Bangladesh camps because they fear being transferred to an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal, community leaders said Thursday.At least two infected refugees have gone missing since testing positive for the virus after the first COVID-19 death was reported Tuesday, they said.About one million Rohingya -- most of whom fled a military crackdown in Myanmar in 2017 -- are packed into camps along the Bangladesh border, and the coronavirus has become the latest cause of misery.So far only 29 infections have been detected, although 16,000 Rohingya are in quarantine zones within the camps.It was not immediately clear how many tests have been conducted in the camps, but a senior health official said two people who proved positive had “fled the isolation hospital”.He added that only 20 refugees agreed to be tested in the past two days because they believe those infected will be sent to Bhashan Char island in the Bay of Bengal.“It has created mass panic,” Nurul Islam, a community leader, told AFP.Bangladesh authorities have long wanted to establish a camp for 100,000 people on the isolated island, and have already sent 306 Rohingya there.“The Rohingya are petrified,” the health official told AFP on condition of anonymity.“We have told them they won’t be sent anywhere.”Some 500 isolation beds have been prepared in the camps, but most are empty because so few confirmed cases have been found, according to the official.The first Rohingya fatality from the coronavirus was announced only Tuesday, and health officials say they desperately need to increase testing to see how widespread the virus may be.But Khalilur Rahman Khan, the government administrator of one camp block, said doctors told him refugees were reluctant to participate.Several Rohingya leaders said the transfer of the 306 refugees to Bhashan Char had sparked rumours that anyone with coronavirus would be sent to join them.“People are scared to go for virus tests,” said Abu Zaman, a community leader. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES India, Australia strengthen defence ties as China tensions loom Jun 05, 2020 0 803 Hong Kong protesters defy ban, rally to remember Tiananmen Jun 05, 2020 0 719 Taiwan urges Beijing to acknowledge Tiananmen crackdown Jun 05, 2020 0 37 Philippines allows churches to resume Mass as caseload tops 20,000 DPA Manila The Philippine government on Thursday announced it was allowing churches to resume Mass and other religious gatherings in areas with a low risk of coronavirus infections. Religious gatherings and work .. South Korean prosecutors seek arrest warrant for Samsung heir Seoul South Korean prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for Samsung Group heir Lee Jae Yon, as part of an investigation into a controversial merger between two group units five years ago, local media reported on .. Japanese student held after two killed with crossbow Tokyo Japanese police on Thursday arrested a university student suspected of killing two members of his family with a crossbow and injuring two others in a rare violent crime in the country. Police in Takarazuka city near .. Spike in Malaysia virus cases as migrants are infected AFP Kuala Lumpur Malaysia reported 277 coronavirus cases Thursday, its biggest daily increase, due to a growing outbreak at a migrant detention centre, sparking accusations the government is failing to protect .. Thousands attend funeral ceremony of well-known cleric in Kabul DPA Kabul Despite a pandemic, several thousand people, including politicians and government officials, attended the funeral ceremony of a well-known cleric who was killed by a bomb earlier this week. The funeral .. N Korea threatens to end military agreement over activists’ leaflets DPA Seoul North Korea has threatened to pull out of a military agreement with South Korea unless the government in Seoul takes action on activists sending leaflets into the reclusive neighbouring nation. South Korean ..