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No COVID-19 cases in islands hotspots, no loss of life, says Migration Minister

No COVID-19 confirmed cases in the hotspots on the islands and not a single life has so far been lost to the novel coronavirus in accommodation facilities for refugees and migrants in Greece, Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis said on Wednesday.

Replying to a relevant question by former Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas (SYRIZA), Mitarakis said that
confirmed Covid-19 cases in refugee facilities throughout the country are at 0.2% and there are no confirmed cases on the islands.

He added that checks are carried out daily at the hotspots in Moria on Lesvos, VIAL on Chios and Vathy on Samos.

It should be recalled that the government opened first aid infirmaries outside the islands hotspots end of March, for  first assessment of possible coronavirus incidents among the population of the asylum seekers hosted there.

“So far the islands are clean and we have incidents only in three of the 93 hosting facilities,” Mitarachi said.

With respect to the facility in Kranidi, he noted that this was placed in quarantine from the first moment that the infection was discovered and there is no contamination of the local community in the area.

Kranidi is the seocnd facility after the one in Malakassa that was put in quarantine following COVID-19 infections.

On Mouzalas’ proposal for the creation of “quarantine centres” on the islands for future entrances of migrants and refugees, Mitarakis that there are infirmaries operating outside the hotspots in all three islands in case they are needed.

He added that there have been no migrant or refugee arrivals so far in April.

Early Wednesday morning, though, a large number of asylum seekers, mostly Africans, staged a sit-in protest outside the Moria camps.

They demanded the adoption of protection measures against the coronavirus pandemic and said that they are defenseless in the case of a Covid-19 outbreak within the facility. reported local media stonisi.

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