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ATHENS — Greece’s squalid island migrant camps, designed to hold 6,000 people, instead hold 37,000. At the largest of those camps, three state doctors deal almost exclusively with screening newcomers. Aid workers say that social distancing — or any of the other steps necessary to contain a possible coronavirus outbreak — is virtually impossible. In parts of the camp, there is only one water tap for every 1,300 people and no soap, according to Doctors Without Borders.
No cases have yet been detected among migrants at the camp, although that may be the result of a lack of testing.
But the Greek government Tuesday placed the camps under lockdown, barring volunteers and visitors and discouraging migrants — who live in tents pitched one next to the other — from moving around. Meanwhile, it has not taken steps to reduce the population or limit congestion, even while banning gatherings of more than 10 people in the rest of the country.
Greek aid workers say the new measures at the camps are problematic, sealing off …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]