Greece ready to welcome tourists as refugees stay locked down in Lesbos | theguardian.com

Children fly kites between tents in the shadow of barbed wire fences as life continues in Europe’s largest refugee camp. There are 17,421 people living here in a space designed for just under 3,000. Residents carrying liquid soap and water barrels encourage everyone to wash their hands as they pass by, refugees and aid workers alike. While Moria remains untouched by the pandemic, the spectre of coronavirus still looms heavy. Greece is poised to open up to tourism in the coming months and bars and restaurants are reopening this week. Movement restrictions were lifted for the general population on 4 May…
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Two migrants in Lesvos test positive for coronavirus | ekathimerini.com

Two migrants who reached the northeastern island of Lesvos on May 6 have tested positive for coronavirus, according to sources. The new patients are residing in a camp in Megales Thermes, where new arrivals remain in quarantine for 14 days as part of the measures to contain the spread of the virus on the island. Though the migrants show no symptoms, health authorities will conduct tests to the other 70 residents of the camp.      read more
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Migrant relocation scheme faces residents’ opposition | ekathimerini.com

Plans to relocate some 2,000 elderly and ailing asylum seekers from overcrowded migrant reception centers on the Aegean islands to facilities on the mainland could face obstacles as some residents and local authority officials oppose the move. The government decided to relocate the migrants following pressure from the European Commission, which fears the cramped island camps provide fertile conditions for the spread of the coronavirus. However, the International Organization for Migration, which is seeking hotels for the migrants, said it remains unclear where the migrants will be staying.      read more
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Entire Greek Town in Quarantine After 150 Migrants Infected with Coronavirus | greece.greekreporter.com

Greece’s Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Chardalias announced on Tuesday that the town of Kranidi is now quarantined and under strict lockdown after a total of 150 refugees and migrants tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Authorities tested a total of 470 asylum seekers, mostly from Africa, who are staying in a hotel which has been designated as temporary accommodations for migrants and asylum seekers. Health officials conducted mass tests after a 28-year-old pregnant woman from Somalia had tested positive for the virus on Monday.      read more
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