Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has called for the immediate evacuation of migrant camps on Greece’s islands, arguing that the conditions there provide “the perfect storm” for a COVID-19 outbreak.
No-one there has tested positive but the unhygienic and cramped living conditions mean the virus can spread very fast.
MSF laments that there are no epidemic response plans in place.
“In some parts of Moria camp, there is just one water tap for every 1,300 people and no soap available. Families of five or six have to sleep in spaces of no more than 3 m2,” MSF’s Medical Coordinator in Greece, Dr Hilde Vochten stated.
That makes it almost impossible for those living there to follow recommended measures, such as frequent hand washing and social distancing.