Greece has announced another extension of a coronavirus lockdown on its packed migrant camps as infections in the country increase and protective measures for the general public return.
The lockdown on camps began on March 21 and is now extended till August 2 “for the prevention of the dispersion of the coronavirus cases”, the Migration ministry said
Greece, with 194 coronavirus deaths and more than 3,900 confirmed cases, has so far not been as badly hit as many other European countries – and there have been no deaths in the migrant camps.
But the presence of more than 32,000 asylum seekers on the five Aegean islands – in camps with a capacity of 5,400 – has caused major friction with local communities.
The touristic reopening of the country and the relaxation of some anti-virus measures have also sparked a increase in cases.