243 positive coronavirus cases detected at new Kara Tepe camp

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Kara tepe camp

Greece confirmed 243 positive covid-19 cases at the new temporary hosting facility for migrants and refugees at Kara Tepe on the island of Lesvos.

According to the National Public Health Organisation, a total of 7,064 rapid tests were conducted between September 12-20.

The average age of the Covid-19 patients at Kara Tepe is 24 years old and most are asymptomatic, government spokesman Stelios Petsas said.

Additionally 40 members of non-governmental organisations and 120 police officers working at the facility were tested and all found to be negative for Covid-19.

According to government estimates, the new camp on a former military firing range at Kara Tepe, currently accommodates 9,200 people.

On Tuesday September 8, a fire broke out at Moria Camp on the island of Lesvos at approximately 2 am after clashes began when some of the 35 refugees who tested positive for Covid-19 refused to move into isolation with their families.

Greece will build a permanent migrant reception centre on Lesvos to replace the overcrowded refugee camp destroyed, Prime Minister Kyriakos announced last weekend.