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Viotia Refugee Detention Camp in Greece Locked Down for COVID-19

September 4, 2020

Following the notorious Moria detention camp on the island of Lesbos, the facility put into lockdown over COVID-19 infections, the Oinofyta center in Viotia, 112.4 kilometers (69.8 miles) north of Athens was shut after two cases were found there.

The Migration Ministry said the outbreak at the camp designed to hold 500 but housing almost 1,000, started with a 45-year-old single father from Iraq who tested positive for the virus and has been hospitalized with minor symptoms.

His appears unaffected, but tests conducted on 18 people with whom he had been in contact discovered the second case, a 27-year-old Syrian woman told to self-isolate as contact tracing continues and residents and staff are tested, said Kathimerini.

Residents at the two camps will not be able to leave the facilities for two weeks, while visitors and newcomers are also banned, COVID-19 curiously not earlier spreading in vastly overcrowded camps, including on five islands. 

Emergency regulations imposed by the Migration Ministry in cooperation with the National Organization for Public Health (EODY) mean new arrivals in Greece will be isolated in special facilities for several days and tested before being inducted into identification and reception centers.

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