Coronavirus spreads to Greek island of Lesbos

Coronavirus spreads to Greek island of Lesbos – just ten miles from where 27,000 migrants live in squalor in refugee camp

  • Greek authorities have expressed concern of the viruses spread on the island  
  • 27,000 migrants live there in cramped and unhygienic conditions, sources say
  • A school, attended by the woman’s two children in Plomari, was closed amid fears of an outbreak.

The coronavirus has spread to the Greek island of Lesbos – just 10 miles away from 27,000 migrants living in squalor at a refugee camp. 

Greek authorities have expressed concern over the possibility of the virus spreading on islands such as Lesbos, where thousands of migrants are crammed in overcrowded camps or living rough.

The 40-year-old woman, the first to be diagnosed on the island, recently travelled to Israel and Egypt and was placed in quarantine on Sunday, the public ERT television reported.

A school, attended by the woman’s two children in Plomari, was closed amid fears of an outbreak.

Lesbos is hosting 27,000 migrants and refugees at a reception centre at Moria outside the port capital, Mytilene, the Guardian reported. 

A mother walks with her daughter at a makeshift camp for refugees and migrants next to the Moria camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos last week. Greek authorities have expressed concern over the possibility of the virus spreading on islands such as Lesbos, where thousands of migrants are crammed in overcrowded camps or living rough

The reception is made to house just 3,000 people.

More than 1,700 asylum seekers arrived in Greek islands on the Aegean sea last week, the majority in Lesbos, after Turkey decided to open its borders with Greece. 

Turkish President Recip Tayyip Erdogan planned to pressure the European Union to implement what he called an unfulfilled pledge under a previous migrant deal.

Greece’s health ministry on Monday reported 11 new coronavirus cases but did not mention Lesbos. 

A woman holds a child’s hand as Afghan refugees, five children, three women and seven men, disembark from a dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos at the end of February 

A total of 84 cases have been reported in the country.

Most of the new cases in the country involve a group of pilgrims who visited Israel and Egypt at the end of February, travelling in the same bus.

Greece has banned public gatherings, closed several schools and universities and ordered professional sports events to be held behind closed doors for 15 days beginning Monday.

  

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