Greece Puts Second Migrant Camp in Quarantine after Man Tests Positive for COVID-19
Greece has isolated a second migrant facility on its mainland after a 53-year-old man tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The Afghan man lives along with his family on the Malakasa camp, north of Athens, together with hundreds of asylum seekers. He has been shifted to a hospital in Athens and tests on his contacts will proceed as authorities attempt to trace the route of the virus.
Greece confirmed 62 new cases of COVID-19 later in the day, bringing the total in the nation to 1,735 since its first case was reported in February and 73 have died due to the virus.
Last week, the Ritsona camp in central Greece was sealed off after 20 tested positive for COVUD-19, a highly contagious respiratory disease. It was the first facility in the nation to be hit since the illness broke out.
Greece has been the principal gateway into the European Union for individuals fleeing conflict within the Middle East and beyond. Over 1,000,000 people reached its shores from Turkey in 2015-16.
The conservative government wants to interchange all existing camps on islands with enclosed detention facilities; however, its plans have been met with opposition from local governments and residents who want all facilities shut.
At least 110,000 people at present live in migrant centers – 40,000 of them in overcrowded camps on five islands.