Head of Greek Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias rushed to Kranidi in eastern Peloponnese on Tuesday morning, after over 100 asylum-seekers were tested positive to coronavirus. 148 people out of 475 in the accommodation structure were tested positive, and so did one hotel worker and an employee at the Migration organization.
Following a meeting with health and local authorities, it was decided to impose a 14-day quarantine in the Municipality of Kranidi and a night curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 08:00 a.m. Allowed are only the options B1, B2 and B3 on movement permits for doctor/pharmacy, supermarket and bank, while B4, B5 and B6 have been cancelled. Open markets will be shut down for 2 weeks.
The hotel where the asylum-seekers live will be sealed off.
The quarantine in the whole municipality was considered as necessary as the asylum-seekers would visit local stores for shopping and banks.
The hotel where the asylum-seekers stay was been placed in quarantine since last Thursday after a hotel employee was tested positive.
On Easter Sunday, a 28-year-old Somali woman visited the local health center as she is pregnant in the sixth month. She was tested also for coronavirus, although she had no symptoms. The test result was positive. The woman remains in isolation in the hotel room and has reportedly developed no symptoms, so far.
Spokesman of the National Health Organization Sotiris Tsiodras said on Monday evening that a worker at the structure was initially tested positive and that the woman had not been at work for the last 12 days.
The positive tests set authorities on alert, samples were taken both from the residents as well as the facility workers and the workers at the Kranidi health center.
According to latest information by Skai TV, positive are 150 asylum-seekers, one hotel worker and one member of the Migration Organization.
The 470 asylum seekers from sub-Saharan Africa stay in the hotel in the context of a program of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
A 39-year-old migrant woman from Congo suddenly died last Saturday, however, her death is not related to the pandemic. an autopsy is to determine the exact causes of her death.
Speaking about the case at the daily briefing Tuesday noon, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said that the number of confirmed cases is “quite high, we will do everything we can to seal the area from the spread of the virus. The plan is in progress.”
It should be noted that a joint ministerial decision extended movement restriction measures in migrants and refugees facilities until May 10.