Conditions in the Ritsona migrant camp are better than those in camps on the Greek islands. File from October 10, 2019 | Photo: V. Sharifulin/dpa/picture-alliance
Conditions in the Ritsona migrant camp are better than those in camps on the Greek islands. File from October 10, 2019 | Photo: V. Sharifulin/dpa/picture-alliance

A woman living in a Greek camp for asylum seekers has tested positive for the coronavirus after giving birth in an Athens hospital. The woman is the country's first official case of Covid-19 in a migrant camp.

Greece announced on Tuesday 31 March that a woman living in Ritsona, a government-run camp north of the capital, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The woman is of African origin, according to the State TV station ERT.

The woman was tested for coronavirus after she gave birth to a child in an Athens hospital, according to the migration ministry. Authorities have since been investigating where the woman became infected. 

"The public health organization is already tracking the contacts of this case in recent days, and taking all necessary measures to protect (camp) residents and staff," the migration ministry said. 

Another person living with the new mother tested negative for the virus. 

Around 3,000 asylum seekers currently live in the Ritsona camp about 80 kilometers from Athens.

Restrictions in island camps

On the Aegean islands, the Greek government has imposed strict measures to keep tens of thousands of camp residents isolated from the local population, with the aim of preventing cross-infection.

Specialized medical teams are being deployed to the camps and isolation areas set up. No outside visitors, except aid and human rights workers are allowed access.

Overcrowded and unhygienic conditions in the island camps continue to cause serious concern that the arrival of coronavirus among the population there will lead to a humanitarian disaster.

As of late Tuesday, Greece had recorded 46 deaths and 1,212 cases of Covid-19. The country’s population is around 11 million.

With material from AFP, DPA

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