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More than 240 refugees tested positive for Covid in the Lesbos temporary camp


Of the 7,000 asylum seekers tested for the coronavirus in recent days in Lesvos, Greece, more than 240 are infected, according to a public health agency. A new makeshift camp built after Moria was reduced to ashes ten days ago already has more than 9,000 people for a total capacity of 10,000 people.

The number of asylum seekers testing positive for the new coronavirus has risen sharply in recent days on the Greek island of Lesvos. Of the 7,000 people tested, “243 new infections have been discovered,” the organization said in a statement. The tests carried out also on 120 police officers and 40 members of the personnel present on the spot however were negative, according to the same source.

Until now, the number of contaminations in the Moria camp had remained relatively low given the overcrowding and unsanitary conditions. However, migrant and refugee camps in Greece have been strictly contained since mid-March due to Covid-19, while the rest of that country returned to normal in early May. A situation denounced on several occasions by NGOs such as Amnesty International.

Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi promised Parliament on Monday that a new “modern” and “safe” camp would be set up in Lesbos. And that those responsible for the fires would be evicted. Six young Afghan asylum seekers, accused of being behind them, were remanded in custody. They are charged with “arson”.

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