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Hundreds of Migrants Hosted in New Facility on Greece’s Lesvos

The temporary migrant facility on Lesvos. Credit: AMNA

A total of 800 migrants and refugees, that were left without shelter after the fire that destroyed the Moria hotspot on Lesvos last week, have been installed in a new facility by Monday evening.

The Greek army built a temporary hosting facility at Kara Tepe, located about 2.5 km to the northeast of Mytilene, the capital of the island.

All admissions into the new camp are being tested for the new coronavirus, with 21 coming back positive between Saturday and late Monday.

They have been isolated from the other residents in a special area designed for that purpose and are being monitored.

Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis said on Monday that no refugees or migrants will be allowed to leave the island unless they first check in at the new Kara Tepe camp, where they will undergo a test for coronavirus and also have their status confirmed so that the authorities can ascertain whether they are eligible for asylum or will be slated for deportation.

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