- Title: Greece quarantines second migrant camp after COVID-19 case confirmed
- Date: 5th April 2020
- Summary: MALAKASA, GREECE (APRIL 5, 2020) (REUTERS) ENTRANCE TO MALAKASA CAMP, POLICE CAR PARKED OUTSIDE GATE MIGRANTS INSIDE WALKING WITH UMBRELLAS AS IT RAINS MIGRANT STANDING AT GATE WITH UMBRELLA SIGN ON GATE READING (English) "CHILDREN CROSSING", MIGRANT WALKING WITH UMBRELLA IN CAMP BEHIND BABY STROLLERS OUTSIDE OF TENTS COVERED IN PLASTIC TARP, MIGRANTS VEHICLE LEAVING CAMP THROUGH GATE CONTAINER IN CAMP AS SEEN FROM GATE MIGRANT WALKING IN RAIN INSIDE WITH COAT OVER HIS HEAD, SIGN ON GATE VARIOUS OF MAKESHIFT SHELTERS AND TENTS INSIDE CAMP COVERED IN PLASTIC TARP AS IT RAINS GATE GOALPOST OF SOCCER FIELD IN CAMP, CLOTHES HANGING FROM THE FENCE OF THE CAMP
- Keywords: Greece Malakasa camps cases coronavirus infection migrants
- Reuters ID: LVA001C87SMKN
- Location: MALAKASA, GREECE
- City: MALAKASA, GREECE
- Country: Greece
- Duration: 00:01:24
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Story Text: Greece has quarantined a second migrants camp on the mainland after a 53-year-old man tested positive for coronavirus, the migration ministry said on Sunday (April 5).
The Afghan man was living with his family at the Malakasa camp some 30 kilometres north of Athens. He has been transferred to a hospital in Athens.
A migration ministry official said his family and anyone they came into contact with will be tested as well as the personnel in the camp.
Malakasa camp houses more than 1,700 people, the official said.
The camp will be quarantined for two weeks, and police guarding the site would be reinforced.
On Thursday, authorities quarantined the Ritsona migrants and refugee camp in central Greece, where 23 tested positive for the coronavirus, the first camp to be hit by the infection.
More than 110,000 people currently live in migrant facilities across the country - 40,000 of them in overcrowded camps on five islands, where no case has been reported so far.
Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said an emergency plan is in place for cases in the camps.
Aid groups have warned the risk of the fast-moving virus spreading among people living in squalid conditions is high and containing an outbreak in such settings would be "impossible".
(Production: Alkis Konstantinidis, Vassilis Triandafyllou, Deborah Kyvrikosaios)
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