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World First virus death in Greek migrant camp

00:10  28 september  2020
00:10  28 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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A fire ripped through the Moria migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, devouring tents housing around 13 Migrants who have been protesting the Covid-19 measures reportedly resisted attempts to put out the fire. Absolute destruction at #Moria camp visible with the first ray of light this morning.

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Greek officials on Sunday announced the first coronavirus death in a migrant camp near Athens, as refugee groups stepped up criticism of the containment policy of the Greek government and Europe.

Migrants rights groups have long condemned the conditions on Lesbos © - Migrants rights groups have long condemned the conditions on Lesbos

The victim was a 61-year-old father-of-two from Afghanistan who had been living in the Malakassa camp near Athens, the asylum ministry said. He died while being treated in a hospital in Athens.

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Malakassa, along with the Schisto and Elaionas camps near Athens, were placed in quarantine in early September as concerns mounted over the spread of the coronavirus among thousands of asylum-seekers living there in squalid conditions.

Greece's migrant camps have been under lockdown since March, with restrictions on who can leave and enter, conditions harshly criticise by some rights groups.

On the Aegean island of Lesbos meanwhile, more than 240 asylum-seekers who transferred to a temporary camp after the destruction of the Moria camp in fires earlier this month, have contracted the virus.

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Greek authorities have not done enough to address the acute overcrowding and lack of health care, access to adequate water, sanitation, and hygiene “While the Greek government is working to stop the spread of the virus , the images of the squalid conditions in camps on the islands make clear that

Migrants hold banners in a sign of protest at the gate of the Malakasa camp near Athens, the second Greek migrant camp placed under lockdown after an Afghan resident tested positive for the coronavirus.

Greek authorities on Sunday announced 218 new coronavirus cases and three deaths -- including that of the migrant.

Since the start of the pandemic, 379 people have died of the virus in Greece, with an average age of 78. Sixty-eight people are currently in intensive care.

Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi said Sunday that all unaccompanied children had now been removed from the island camps.

- 'Conditions are dire' - 

But refugee groups are still angry at plans to keep the island facilities open for other asylum seekers and at the new EU migrant policy, unveiled on Wednesday.

The EU's "New Pact on Migration and Asylum" calls for a tougher stance on returning migrants who do not have the right to stay in the EU, and for the ratcheting up border controls.

"The (European) Commission promised 'No more Moria', while building a new containment camp in Lesbos, where conditions are dire," tweeted the one migrant rights group, Legal Centre Lesbos.

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Officials in Greece have placed a second migrant camp near Athens under lockdown after an The ministry said the 53-year-old Afghan man had sought help with virus symptoms at the in- camp medical facility. In Greek migrant camps , where tens of thousands of asylum seekers live in dire conditions

Migrants hold banners in a sign of protest at the gate of the Malakasa camp near Athens, the second Greek migrant camp placed under lockdown after an Afghan

The only flaw from Greece's perspective is the Commission giving up on quota-based redistribution of asylum seekers among EU countries -- a plan first mooted during the migration crisis of 2015 but which foundered on opposition from several member states.

"While there has been a climate of support from Europe after the Moria blaze, the final answers are not what some people might expect," Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi told Real FM radio on Sunday.

"There is a reserve in member states with few exceptions. Our country is constantly asking for relocations."

The Greek government has struggled to manage overcrowding in camps on the five Aegean islands most affected by the arrivals -- even more so since the Moria camp on Lesbos burned down on September 8 and 9.

Half of the 24,000 migrants packed into Greek camps remain on Lesbos.

Government officials there scrambled to set up a provisional site for those left without shelter by the blaze, but charity groups were already incensed at conditions there.

Campaigners point to the long waits the migrants endure for their one meal a day; the lack of mattresses and the impossibility of respecting coronavirus infection control measures like social distancing.

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In Greek migrant camps , where tens of thousands of asylum-seekers live in dire conditions, regulations had already been announced in March to Authorities over the weekend said they had also tested 176 migrants quarantined on the island of Kea near Athens since mid-March after arriving in a

Greece has seen a big rise in migrant numbers crossing from Turkey. The camps on all five islands off the Turkish coast are overcrowded. In September a woman died when a fire broke out at the Moria camp in Lesbos where more than 15,000 asylum seekers live on a site designed for fewer than 3,000.

"We have continuously exposed the human cost of this outrageous containment policy to leaders in European capitals, to commissioners in Brussels and to citizens through the media," Christos Christou, the president of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) tweeted.

"But nothing seems to lead to a desperately needed radical policy change. Enough is enough. No more lies.".

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Gallery: Moria camp migrants pour into temporary shelters (Reuters)

A woman looks through a chain-linked fence at a new temporary camp for migrants and refugees, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, September 22, 2020. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

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