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243 coronavirus cases confirmed in Kara Tepe, says gov’t spokesman

A total of 243 confirmed cases of coronvirus have been detected among refugees and asylum-seekers of Kara Tepe tent city on the island of Lesvos, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said on Monday.

The data that will be announced on Monday afternoon by the National Health Care Organization EODY, Petsas added.

With a few exceptions – some 20 cases on Friday and Saturday –  the confirmed cases of Kara Tepe were not added on the daily bulletin published by EODY.

He said that a total of 7,064 checks have been carried out on asylum seekers who entered the new structure. The checks were conducted via rapid tests, it looks that some case were later confirmed via PCR tests.

The average age of those tested positive is 24 years, the infected were usually “asymptomatic.”

those infected are housed at separate spaces of the camp.

Petsas added that another 160 police officers and members of the administrative staff of the facility were tested, all of whom are negative.

Since the outbreak in Greece in late February, there were no coronavirus cases in the hotspot of Moria. Patient zero in early September was a recognized refugee who had to leave the island, he traveled to Athens but returned after he realized that survival in the country’s capital was impossible.

Until Saturday, September 19, a total of 9,000 refugees and asylum seekers have moved to Kara Tepe after they spent days on the streets following the fires in Moria that burned down the hotspot.

PS The government spokesman is apparently preparing Greeks psychologically about a “shocking number of coronavirus cases” to be announced later today.

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