Coronavirus Fallout

UNHCR sets measures

1 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, on Tuesday detailed 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, reports UNB.

“I am deeply concerned at this unprecedented pandemic and its impact on refugees and their host communities. The COVID-19 crisis has already had significant consequences for our operations, forcing us to rapidly adjust the way we work. However, we are sparing no effort to help and protect refugees the best we can under these difficult circumstances,’’ said Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

He said their top priority in the COVID-19 crisis is to ensure that the people they serve are included in response plans and are properly informed, while they supplement the governments’ preparedness and response efforts wherever needed.

On March 26, UNHCR called for $255 million as part of the wider UN appeal, to focus on priority countries that will require specific action, according to a media release issued from Geneva on Tuesday.