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Greece finds 35 COVID-19 cases in Moria migrant camp

FILE PHOTO: Migrants from the Moria camp, some of them wearing protective face masks, wait to board a ferry that will transfer them to the mainland as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, May 3, 2020. REUTERS/Elias Marcou

ATHENS (Reuters) - Coronavirus infections in Greece’s overcrowded migrant camp Moria on the island of Lesbos nearly doubled since Monday to 35 confirmed cases, the migration ministry said on Tuesday.

The facility was placed under quarantine last week after authorities confirmed that a 40-year-old asylum-seeker had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Health authorities conducted a total of 2,000 tests in Moria, including 100 on camp staff who tested negative. All 35 migrants who tested positive have been moved to a segregated space and only one has shown COVID-19 symptoms.

Since March 1, all migrants reaching Lesbos have been quarantined away from the island’s camps.

The Moria facility, which hosts more than 12,000 people - more than four times its stated capacity - has been frequently criticised by aid groups for poor living conditions.

Most recently, aid groups warned that social distancing and basic hygiene measures are impossible to implement in the camp due to the conditions.

On Monday, Greek authorities said three more migrant facilities had been quarantined: the Eleonas camp in Athens, the Malakasa camp north of the city and the facility in Schisto, near the port of Pireaus.

Greece has recently had a surge in COVID-19 infections. On Tuesday, authorities reported 169 new confirmed cases nationwide, bringing the total since the first infection surfaced in February to 11,832 and 290 related deaths.

Reporting by George Georgiopoulos; Editing by Bill Berkrot

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