Refugees and migrants demonstrate in the city of Mytilene against living conditions in the Moria camp on the island of Lesvos, Greece, on 30 January 2020. (Elias Marcou/Reuters)
Hundreds of Palestinian asylum-seekers and thousands of other migrants taking shelter in Moria camp, set up on the Greek island of Lesvos, will be quarantined in the camp following a confirmed coronavirus case.
The camp will be locked down for 14 days after a 40-year-old migrant tested positive for the virus.
More than 12,000 people - mainly from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq - live in Moria camp, which has grown to become the island’s second largest town in just three years.
Moria, in a former military base, opened in 2015 as a center to register new arrivals but is now at four times its capacity and it has spilled over into a muddy, garbage-strewn olive grove.
Palestinian refugees continue to risk their lives onboard death-boats to Greece, fleeing displacement, persecution, and economic hardship.