28 newly rescued migrants test positive for virus off Italy

The Address | Benghazi – Libya
ROME – Twenty-eight migrants who were rescued at sea have tested positive for the coronavirus, Sicily’s governor said Wednesday, suggesting a new complication in Italy’s efforts to manage waves of migrants smuggled across the Mediterranean from Libya.

The positive tests represent the largest cluster yet among newly arrived migrants, after a handful of positive cases were recorded among new arrivals in May in Greece.

The migrants were being held on a ship off the Sicilian town of Porto Empedocle where some would-be asylum seekers are taken to undergo quarantine after being rescued at sea.



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