Illegal migrant that arrived in Lesvos yesterday tests positive for coronavirus

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A boat with a total of 36 illegal migrants, including nine men, seven women and twenty children, all reportedly from Syria, crossed into Lesvos, landing on a coast in the Thermi area on Monday morning, as reported by Greek City Times.

One of the 36 illegal immigrants who was rescued, was found to have coronavirus after testing positive in a compulsory test, Lesvos Post reported.

Although he was initially tested, which turned out to be negative, he felt unwell today and the second test showed that he was positive.

All 36 illegal immigrants entered the quarantine facility in Megala Therma from the very beginning of their arrival at Lesvos, while a team of Greek authorities are already tracking all the contacts and especially the men at the port who rescued them.

Meanwhile, 15 other illegal immigrants were found in a rural area in Thermi on Lesvos, who were on a boat with 36 others who had been spotted yesterday morning. All were examined by Greek authorities and then transferred to the municipal camp in Kara Tepe where they were placed in a seven-day quarantine.

According to the United Nations Refugee Agency, there are approximately 36,900 illegal immigrants on the Aegean islands, with nearly half from Afghanistan. The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Afghanistan (49%), Syria (19%) and Somalia (6%).

Of the approximately 36,900 illegal immigrants on the islands, 22% were women and 33% were children, in which 6 out of 10 are younger than 12 years old. Of those children, around 13% were unaccompanied or separated from their parents and were mostly from Afghanistan.

However, 45% of the illegal immigrants were men, more than double the number of women.

To ‘shield’ the older and immune-compromised illegal immigrants from coronavirus, the UN agency said they are prioritising their transfer out of the migrant camps and into apartments or hotels on the islands or the mainland.