Crew members on board the Ocean Viking test rescued migrants for Coronavirus, February 8, 2021 | Photo: Picture-alliance/dpa/SOS Mediterranee | Hippolyte
Crew members on board the Ocean Viking test rescued migrants for Coronavirus, February 8, 2021 | Photo: Picture-alliance/dpa/SOS Mediterranee | Hippolyte

Sicilian authorities have now reported 49 positive COVID-19 tests from the group of 422 migrants who disembarked the Ocean Viking on Monday and Tuesday this week.

After running tests on 422 migrants rescued by the Ocean Viking non-governmental rescue vessel last week, Italian health authorities have reported 49 positive COVID-19 cases, according to the news agency dpa.

Previously on Sunday, February 7, the organization SOS Mediterranee, which runs the Ocean Viking, said they had recorded eight positive coronavirus tests.

The search and rescue coordinator on board the Ocean Viking, Luisa Albera, said they had isolated those people on the ship as quickly as possible, adding that the ship was only 69 meters long; the migrants needed to be disembarked from the ship as soon as possible, she stressed.

Disembarkation began on Monday

Later on Sunday, the Ocean Viking docked in the Sicilian port of Augusta. Disembarkation began on Monday morning and was completed on Tuesday February 9, according to SOS Mediterranee.

Reports on the online portal La Sicilia Web specified that 71 of the minors on board the Ocean Viking were taken to a first welcome center in Pozzallo in the province of Ragusa.

Quarantine begins

Three migrants meanwhile were transferred to hospital, including a pregnant woman, a man with a head wound and another man with a suspected fracture to his hand.

All the other migrants on board were transferred to the Rhapsody ferry, which is also docked in Augusta, in order to begin their mandatory quarantine.

Dpa reported that the majority of the migrants on board hailed from Mali, Côte d'Ivoire and Sudan.

 

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