Greek health authorities placed the overcrowded migrant camp of Moria, on the island of Lesvos, in quarantine for 14 days beginning Wednesday, after they detected the first case of coronavirus there.
Authorities say the positive sample was taken from a 40-year-old Somali national who had been granted asylum but chose to return to the camp.
The authorities say that he originally left the camp on July 17. In early August, he arrived in Athens, but unable to find work in the capital, he returned to Moria to use the free shelter and food there. He is now receiving treatment at the local hospital.
A statement released by the ministries of Citizen Protection and Immigration and Asylum in response to the occurrence said “The incident highlights the need to create ‘enclosed’ refugee and migrant camps where authorities can control the movement of inhabitants.”
For the next two weeks, only the members of the camp’s staff can enter Moria.