Greek health authorities confirmed late on Tuesday that two migrants in a temporary refugee accommodation facility on the island of Lesvos have tested positive for Covid-19.
The facility, which was leased by the Ministry from a local owner, is being used as a quarantine facility. It houses 70 refugees in total, of whom 51 arrived on the island on May 6.
The two asymptomatic patients – who were detected in a random testing of nine residents – were placed in isolation within the facility, while medical staff of the National Public Health Organisation (EODY) will test all of the remaining residents on Wednesday, according to the ministry, as well as any police and Coast Guard members who came in contact with them.
Since March 1 anyone arriving on Lesvos has been placed in quarantine at a separate facility with no contact with larger groups of asylum seekers at other facilities, such as the Moria camp on the island.
Speaking to Greek Reporter in April, a spokesperson for the group Doctors without Borders (MSF) warned that refugee camps are a “time bomb” waiting to explode if the coronavirus spreads 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.