Greek authorities on Lesbos are racing to find refugees who had tested positive for Covid-19 before a series of devastating fires forced thousands to flee Europe’s biggest migrant camp.
Health officials have rushed 19,000 test kits to the north-eastern Aegean island amid fears of a surge in coronavirus cases.
“It’s a very dangerous, very explosive situation,” Efstratios Tzimis, Mytilene’s deputy mayor, told the Guardian. “And it’s making all of us crazed. On the one hand there’s coronavirus, on the other thousands of desperate, hungry people.”
Only eight of the more than three dozen refugees diagnosed with the virus have been found. Authorities say they have been quarantined in a special area with close family members.
Extra police units were dispatched to the island on Thursday, reinforcing a cordon around Moria, whose charred remains were still smouldering when new fires erupted in and around the facility more than 24 hours after the main blaze began.