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Italy: 194 rescued refugees quarantined in Messina amid fears of coronavirus spread

Italy, Messina
February 27, 2020 at 16:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

Authorities quarantined 194 rescued migrants as they disembarked the Sea Watch 3 in the Sicilian port of Messina on Thursday.

Medical staff performed check-ups onboard the rescue ship to separate those presenting flu-like symptoms from the rest.

"As you can see there are two corridors instead of one. One is dedicated to the eventual cases of fever or similar, and another, regular corridor to make the migrants board the bus where they will be taken to the hotspot where they will be anyway for 14 days [on quarantine]," said Italian Red Cross chairman Antonio Chimicata.

The ship owned by the German NGO Sea Watch disembarked despite the calls of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to change the hosting port due to the lack of conditions necessary for quarantine. A Sea Watch 3 spokesperson, however, stated that leaving the migrants onboard for the quarantine would be 'a disastrous measure from the humanitarian and sanitary point of view'.

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Authorities quarantined 194 rescued migrants as they disembarked the Sea Watch 3 in the Sicilian port of Messina on Thursday.

Medical staff performed check-ups onboard the rescue ship to separate those presenting flu-like symptoms from the rest.

"As you can see there are two corridors instead of one. One is dedicated to the eventual cases of fever or similar, and another, regular corridor to make the migrants board the bus where they will be taken to the hotspot where they will be anyway for 14 days [on quarantine]," said Italian Red Cross chairman Antonio Chimicata.

The ship owned by the German NGO Sea Watch disembarked despite the calls of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to change the hosting port due to the lack of conditions necessary for quarantine. A Sea Watch 3 spokesperson, however, stated that leaving the migrants onboard for the quarantine would be 'a disastrous measure from the humanitarian and sanitary point of view'.

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