Migrants Fearful of Coronavirus at Moria Camp Demand Move to Greek Mainland



Dozens of migrants and refugees on Wednesday staged a sit-in outside the notorious Greek camp of Moria, on Lesvos island, demanding to be transferred to the mainland and claiming that they have been exposed to the coronavirus.

The protesters, who, according to the Athens Macedonia News Agency (AMNA) are mostly from African countries, are demanding to be moved off the island to avoid repercussions from the spread of the coronavirus in the hotspot, which they say means “death for all.”

The Greek authorities have already announced that approximately 1,500 people belonging to groups most vulnerable to Covid-19, such as the elderly or those with compromising conditions, will be sent to the Greek mainland this coming Saturday.

Officially, as of April 22, there are a total of 18,500 people staying in and around the Moria camp.

Speaking to Greek Reporter earlier in April, a spokesperson for the group Doctors without Borders (MSF) warned that Moria is a “time bomb” waiting to explode since the coronavirus has spread to the local population.

“Social distancing in Moria and other refugee camps is practically non-existent, which would make a single case would spread like wildfire,” stated the group’s spokesperson Anna Pantelia.