There are 28 coronavirus positives in the group of about 70 migrants who landed on Saturday in Roccella Jonica, on the coasts of Calabria. the result of the first swabs performed a few hours after arrival from the hospital in Reggio Calabria. The foreigners, all of Pakistani nationality, were sorted into reception centers in the area and placed in solitary confinement. The group includes 48 adults and 20 minors. The group had been spotted in the early afternoon on a boat off the Ionian coast and landed with the help of Red Cross staff. This is the second landing in the area in ten days and which sees the coasts of Calabria and Puglia as the terminal of the route of migrants from Greece and Turkey.
Saturday saw a strong recovery in arrivals of boats on the Italian coast. The greatest pressure concerns the island of Lampedusa where in 48 hours 791 refugees have landed, mostly sailed from Tunisia. Migrants usually arrive in small groups, on boats perhaps put in the water a few miles from the coast by the so-called mother ships. More than 700 foreigners were in the Lampedusa hotspot, a structure capable of hosting 100 people. Immediate support interventions were requested by the mayor tot Martello and by the governor of Sicily in the Musumeci. Again all new arrivals were swabbed and quarantined.
According to the data of the Interior Ministry since the beginning of the year 8,087 migrants arrived in Italy: more than 3,165 arrived in the same period of 2019 but less than 16,937 in 2018 (always between January 1st and July 10th). The map of the phenomenon has changed considerably: if until last year Libya was the main starting point for those who crossed the Mediterranean in the last period taken into consideration, the center of gravity moved decisively on the coasts of Tunisia.
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