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Roma settlement in quarantine after 20 people tested positive

Greece’s Civil Protection placed under quarantine a Roma settlement in Larissa, central Greece, late on Thursday, after several residents were tested positive to coronavirus. The decision for quarantine came after a 32-year-old resident was tested positive to COVID-19 and authorities found that he had contacted at least 30 settlement residents.

19 people out of 29 in total were tested positive on Thursday.

Currently an area where some 20 families live has been placed under strict quarantine, in the broader settlement area live some 3,500 people.

Local and regional authorities will be delivering food, medicines and other necessities door-to-door until April 23 at least.

Roads leading to and from the settlement have also been closed by police.

A team of doctors from the University Hospital of Larissa arrived in the area on Friday morning, is expected to conduct some 200 tests.

The incident “confirms the worst-case scenario,” Larissa Mayor Apostolos Kalogiannis told state-run news agency amna, expressing fears of the virus spreading across the community.

He told local media onlarissa that those tested positive will be moved in a rehabilitation center in the city and that more tests are expected to be conducted in other Roma settlements and in a camp for asylum seekers.

More on coronavirus in Greece here.

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