6,000 migrants in new Lesbos camp, 157 positive for COVID

Out of 13,000 in Moria before the fire

18 September, 16:58

    (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, SEPTEMBER 18 - About 6,000 of the 13,000 migrants in the camp on the island of Lesbos devastated by a fire have been lodged in new facilities, Greek authorities noted Friday.

    They added that 157 had tested positive for COVID-19.

    After a fire during the night between September 8 and 9, refugees staying at the Moria camp - notorious for its extremely poor living conditions and dubbed the ''shame of Europe'' - had camped out in a section of a street and in supermarket parking lots.

    Later, after a police raid and threats that their asylum requests would not be processed, thousands were persuaded to enter the new camp.

    All were tested for COVID-19 on arrival and were placed in two quarantine areas.

    The new camp was built quickly and can host between 8,000 and 10,000 people.

    UNHCR noted that it had supported this camp as a ''temporary solution'' but warned against the perpetuation of an emergency installation.

    The Moria camp, where at least 7 migrants have died this year after clashes, is expected to be torn down soon. (ANSAmed).

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