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28 rescued migrants test coronavirus positive off Italy

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 26, 2020
migrants on board a quarantine ship off the Sicilian port of Porto Empedocle have tested positive for coronavirus, Sicily’s governor Nello Musumeci said.
Moby Zaza
Positive   Moby Zaza
This is the first reported case of multiple coronavirus infections among migrants rescued in the Mediterranean since the beginning of the outbreak, and is set to reignite a heated debate over Italy’s migration policies.

Topics: Migrants Italy

The 28 migrants who tested positive are now held onboard ferry Moby Zaza, off Porto Empedocle, where they are undergoing a mandatory quarantine.

They are part of a group of 211 rescued by a German NGO’s ship Sea Watch 3, which on Sunday arrived at Porto Empedocle after resuming search and rescue activities in the Channel of Sicily.

Local communities have expressed worries that migrants arriving in poor sanitary and health conditions could spark new clusters and further spread the virus, which hit Italy hard and claimed almost 35,000 victims so far.