Greece on Sunday confirmed the first covid-19 fatality in one of the country’s increasingly overburdened migrant and refugee camps.

Authorities said the victim was a 61-year-old Afghan man, who had been staying at the Malakasa camp near the Greek capital of Athens, according to Agence France-Presse, before being moved to a hospital.

Greece remains a main entry point for refugees and migrants heading toward Europe, with many of them arriving from Turkey in boats and dinghies.

In March, concerns that the virus could spread rapidly across the camps resulted in numerous lockdown orders that confined migrants and refugees in overcrowded shelters. Aid groups blasted the government’s approach as dangerous, warning that the camps could turn into virus hot spots.

In recent weeks, officials confirmed hundreds of cases among asylum seekers in such camps.

More than 240 coronavirus cases were reported among refugees and migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos alone, where a fire destroyed the Moria refugee and migrant camp this month.

Lesbos has housed around a third of all asylum seekers in Greek island camps.

The country of 10.7 million has so far reported 379 coronavirus deaths and more than 17,000 infections.

The Washington Post

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