Archive: a boat on which three Algerians were found, intercepted by Italian finance police off Teulada, Sardinia. The migrants were taken to the initial reception center in Monastir, in the province of Cagliari |Photo: ANSA
Archive: a boat on which three Algerians were found, intercepted by Italian finance police off Teulada, Sardinia. The migrants were taken to the initial reception center in Monastir, in the province of Cagliari |Photo: ANSA

The Italian police union SIAP in Sardinia has said that the situation regarding migrants infected with COVID-19 is getting worse by the day. They have called for urgent interventions to address the problem.

An alarm has been sounded at the Monastir first reception center for migrants in Sardinia. A spokesperson for the Italian police union SIAP has said that the situation is "getting worse by the day" and has called for urgent intervention to solve the problems facing the CPA first reception center in Monastir, Sardinia.

The union has also suggested that the proposal to dock a quarantine ship off the island, as has been used in Sicily should be reconsidered. "Despite the alarms launched on various fronts, the situation at the migrant center in Monastir is worsening day by day," SIAP said in a statement released on Wednesday.

"The most serious thing is that it's impossible to keep those infected with coronavirus, more than 25 people, separated and under control," it said. "The situation of mixing is now total, and it's likely that some of them will mix with people who climb over the wall and regularly leave the facility," the statement continued.

'Danger for personnel on duty'

The provincial secretary of SIAP, Mauro Aresu, said there is a "very high risk of infection" for personnel on duty at the center. "They are in close contact with the migrants, who are free to roam throughout the facility," he said. "As if that weren't enough, it's likely that the disgraceful conduct of some of the migrants outside the facility is creating intolerance among residents in the area," he said.

"Late on the evening of the 18th, one or more unidentified people started throwing rocks at migrants in the center. There weren't any serious consequences, just one guest who got slightly bruised on the head, but it shouldn't be underestimated," he said. Aresu reiterated SIAP's requests. "We are calling for rapid intervention, the first of which is the total separation of positive cases. We are urgently relaunching the proposal of a quarantine ship," Aresu said.
 

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