Covid-19: Doctors warn of humanitarian catastrophe at Europe’s largest refugee camp
Iacobucci Gareth. Covid-19: Doctors warn of humanitarian catastrophe at Europe’s largest refugee camp BMJ 2020; 368 :m1097
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The Moria camp on the island of Lesvos, Greece is extremely overcrowded and under-resourced, with staff struggling to meet basic needs for shelter, sanitation, food, water, and urgent medical care. The camp’s 20,000 residents include elderly people and families with children, many of whom are already suffering from severe illnesses or injuries, including rampant infectious diseases.
Mitigation strategies such as isolation and social distancing are impossible given the strained state of the camp. The island’s first case of Covid-19 was confirmed last week, making an outbreak within the Moria camp imminent. Local health care providers call on EU governments and public health authorities to immediately evacuate residents from the camps in order to prevent devastating spikes in morbidity and mortality among this vulnerable population.