The barracks in Udine were quarantined after migrants tested positive for COVID-19 | Photo: ANSA/Udine Police Press Office
The barracks in Udine were quarantined after migrants tested positive for COVID-19 | Photo: ANSA/Udine Police Press Office

The Cavarzerani barracks in Udine, Italy, have been put under quarantine for 14 days after three migrants there tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 500 asylum seekers are currently being housed at the former military barracks.

Udine Mayor Pietro Fontanini put the facilities under mandatory quarantine for 14 days with an order signed on Tuesday, July 21.

The quarantine includes 24-hour surveillance by law enforcement of the perimeter of the facility, situated in the eastern outskirts of Udine. Three migrants who reached Udine on June 20 and who are staying at the barracks had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The mayor said that with the order, the authorities wanted to "safeguard the health of all of our fellow citizens."

The 15 police officers who stopped the group of migrants including the three people who later tested positive for coronavirus were also placed in quarantine.

Governor says FVG region no longer willing to receive irregular migrants

Meanwhile, the governor of Friuli Venezia Giulia -- the northeastern Italian region where Udine is located -- said that his region was "not willing to receive other irregular migrants."

"I've repeatedly told the Italian government that arrivals into the region have become unmanageable and unbearable," Massimiliano Fedriga said. "We also have difficulty finding places for quarantine. The situation is unsustainable and I will no longer accept it."

Fedriga, who is a member of the far-right League party, has repeatedly called for increased border patrols and anti-migration measures.

 

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