Greek authorities were still struggling to move thousands of refugees and migrants sleeping rough into a temporary camp, a week after the overcrowded Moria migrant camp burned down, while fears grew about a coronavirus outbreak on the island of Lesbos.
About 13,000 people, mostly refugees from Afghanistan, African countries and Syria, were left without shelter, proper sanitation or access to food and water by the fire that tore through Moria, Greece’s biggest camp.
No one was killed in the fire, which broke out after quarantine measures were imposed following the discovery of COVID-19 cases on the site.
So far, only 1,200 people have moved into the temporary facility at Kara Tepe near the island’s port of Mytilene, which was ready to host at least 5,000.
“They are still reluctant,” said a police official on condition of anonymity. “Negotiations are ongoing.”
Authorities have distributed flyers and sent text messages to people, trying to convince them to move into the new tents, officials said.