Ministry: 750 Refugees Have Tested Positive to Novel Coronavirus in Greece

November 5, 2020

ATHENS — Some 750 people have tested positive to the novel coronavirus and 1 person has died among the nearly 75,000 asylum applicants in Greece, the Migration & Asylum Ministry reported on Thursday.

The ministry pointed out that the National Public Health Organization's (EODY) staff have long been active at these facilities, offering medical and psychological treatment alongside doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers and cultural mediators.

A mobile laboratory by the German medical institute 'Bernhard Nocht' has also been installed at the newly set up Kara Tepe refugee camp at Lesvos, with the financial support of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Europe. According to WHO's policy, emergency medical teams rotate every two months. The current medical mission was preceded by a Norwegian team of 24 health professionals, while the current German mission will be followed by a Belgian team.

The emergency medical team has so far examined 3,419 patients, added the ministry.


ATHENS - Although the COVID-19 pandemic has been slowly easing overall - deaths are up - the numbers of admissions to hospitals and the unrelenting Omicron Variant will likely mean that health restrictions in Greece will stay in place at least through January.

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